Pools in Queensland must meet safety standards from 1 December 2015.

Pools in Queensland must meet safety standards from 1 December 2015.

Pool laws were passed in 2010, but a five-year grace period was established to give pool owners time to comply.

Councils have the power to issue on-the-spot fines.

If a household does not meet the key safety requirements, residents could be slapped with on-the-spot fines of up to $796.95, and further penalties up to $18,785.25 can be imposed on pool owners.

Pools also must be registered on a pool safety register, and failure to register could result in a fine of up to $2,356.

let councils know about non-compliant pools

We encourage people that if they know there is a non-compliant pool in their area, or there is no fence around the pool, let the council know, according to Mrs Plint, A parent of a child who drowned in a non-compliant pool, Mrs Plint said there were far worse things than being handed a fine.

“It is a bittersweet day for us,” she said. “Hannah’s birthday is coming up next week; she would have been 11.

“We should be celebrating, and instead we are here talking about pool safety.

“But her legacy is in place now, it is enforceable, and we are proud of the work we have done.”