Swimming Pool fences and disabilities on the Gold Coast - Do you know about the exemptions

Swimming Pool fences and disabilities on the Gold Coast – Do you know about the exemptions?

If you reside on the Gold Coast with a mobility disability you may be eligible to request an exemption to the Queensland Pool Fencing Regulations if it impacts your ability to get access to and make use of your pool.
In Queensland and around Australia there are strict pool fencing laws that every pool owner must abide by or face a harsh penalty.
The regulations in Queensland mean that you need to have a pool fence that is:

  • At least 1200mm high
  • Has no openings larger that 100mm under the barrier
  • No gaps bigger than 100mm between vertical posts or panels in the fence
  • Should not have any climbable objects within 900mm of the fence as this would lower the effective height below 1200mm
  • Must not have any doors or windows open directly into the pool area, avoiding the fence.
  • Must definitely have a self-close latch that closes from any open position
  • The latch has to be 1500mm from the ground level and 1400mm from the lowest horizontal rail.
  • Must have a CPR sign showed in the pool area.

Having said that, for some people in our community this could be challenging to adhere to if you have a disability. Among one of the most common examples is for people in wheelchairs. If you have a wheelchair, there should be nothing in the law stopping you from enjoying your pool. However, it could be a challenge if you will need to have the gate latch positioned at 1500mm above the ground because it might be out of easy reach of a person in a wheelchair.

If you have a disability that makes it impractical to comply with the Queensland Pool Fencing regulations you can contact the local council to obtain an exemption. However, you can only get an exemption to the rules if the current rule will deny you access to the pool, and if you in fact live on the property where the pool is located.
Any exemption allowed will only cover the extent necessary to overcome the unworkability of the rule– that means that if you are enabled to lower the gate latch, you can not just ignore the rest of the rules.

If you need to apply for an exemption, the best place to begin would be contacting the Queensland building and construction commission or the talk to the ‘Pool fencing on private property’ contact with the Gold Coast City Council
if you have any concerns about how to modify your pool fence, or have certain fencing needs, Absolut Custom glass can help custom build your pool fence to make sure that it fits your unique situation and requirements. Feel free to get in touch with us on 1300 937 902

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