(QLD) Relying of photos and videos to issue pool safety certificates

In order to issue a pool safety certificate, a pool safety inspector must have inspected the pool and be reasonably satisfied that it complies with the pool safety standard. The Pool Safety Council is aware of instances where pool safety inspectors have failed to re-inspect a property prior to issuing a pool safety certificate because they have relied on photographs or video footage as evidence of compliance.

This is not an acceptable practice and should not be undertaken by a pool safety inspector. Unless a regulated pool is located within a prescribed remote local government area (listed under schedule 2A of the Building Regulation 2006) and that local government has, by resolution, declared the area to be remote, a pool safety inspector must personally inspect the pool before issuing a pool safety certificate.