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    Attorney-General, Minister for Local Government and Special Minister of State
    The Honourable Paul Lucas

    Pool Amnesty expires on Friday

    Attorney-General, Minister for Local Government and Special Minister of State
    The Honourable Paul Lucas

    Thursday, July 07, 2011

    Pool Amnesty expires on Friday

    Deputy Premier Paul Lucas has reminded Queenslanders that the six month exemption for rental properties with non-shared pools from obtaining pool safety certificates ends on Friday 8 July 2011.

    Mr Lucas said that the exemption was a temporary disaster relief measure that was required to ensure that houses were available for rent without delay for evacuees and tradespeople helping with flood and cyclone recovery efforts.

    “The need for the exemption has now passed and from 8 July 2011 properties with a pool that is exclusive to that home (non-shared) will again be required to obtain a pool safety certificate before a lease is entered. Mr Lucas said.

    “Also in response to the Queensland flood and cyclone recovery efforts, an extension was provided to pool owners to register their pools on Queensland’s pool safety register. Pool owners now have until 4 November 2011 to register their pool.

    “This exemption does not affect other aspects of the pool laws.

    “For the sale of a home with a non-shared pool a buyer must obtain a pool safety certificate within 90 days of settlement, if the seller does not provide them with a certificate.

    “Sellers are required to notify the potential purchaser if there is no certificate before entering a contract of sale,” Mr Lucas said

    For the sale of a shared pool the owner of the pool, for example a body corporate, must obtain a pool safety certificate if one is not already in place within 90 days of a sale or lease taking place.

    However, shared pool owners can take advantage of a two year amnesty period on obtaining certificates that ends on 30 November 2012.

    Where a property with a pool is not sold or leased pool owners have until 30 November 2015 to bring their pools into line with the new pool safety barrier standard.

    “The Government’s comprehensive package of pool safety reforms is in place and working to save young children. As at 30 June 2011 1,003 licensed inspectors had inspected and certified as compliant 20,391 pools.

    In addition over 268,000 pools have been entered onto the State pool register.

    Further information, including Fact Sheets and Guidelines are available at www.dlgp.qld.gov.au/pool-safety or people can call the Pool Safety Council on 1800 340 634 to discuss any aspect of the new laws.

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