Public Health Act 2010 and Public Health Regulation 2012 commenced on 1 September.

To support implementation of the Act and Regulation, a range of materials are available for both industry stakeholders and regulators in local councils and Public Health Units.

Public Health Amendment (Review) Bill 2017

The Bill amends the Public Health Act 2010 following a statutory review of that Act and public health developments since that review. The Bill addresses a range of public health matters, such as notification of diseases and conditions to the health secretary and the regulation of areas that have the potential to affect public health, such as drinking water, water cooling systems, skin penetration and public swimming pools.

Information sheets

Requirements for suppliers of drinking water, including water carters

Supporting information is being updated to reflect changes made by the Public Health Amendment (Review) Bill 2017.

Control of skin penetration procedures

The skin penetration requirements of the Public Health Act 2010 and the Public Health Regulation 2012 apply to all operators who carry out such procedures, which include tattooists, beauticians and nail technicians, unregistered acupuncture and dry needling practitioners, colonic lavage practitioners and medical practitioners or other qualified persons carrying out eyeball tattooing.

Control of skin penetration procedures fact sheet.

Control of public swimming pools and spa pools

The requirements of the Act and Regulation in relation to public swimming pools and spa pools relate to the occupier of the premises at which a public swimming pool or spa pool is located. This includes gyms/health clubs, hotels/motels/accommodation providers, schools, hospitals, work places, brothels, back yard learn to swim pools and recreational aquatic structures, such as interactive water features or fountains, or water play parks.

Control of public swimming pools fact sheet.

Legionella control

The requirements of the Act and Regulation in relation to regulated systems apply to the occupier of premises where the regulated system is installed and/or a contractor, known as a duly qualified person, who is engaged to install, operate or maintain the regulated system. This includes cooling tower operators and service personnel.

NSW Health is currently considering strengthening the current regulatory framework for Legionella control in NSW. More information on proposed changes can be found in the Report on public consultation: Proposed changes to the regulation of water-cooling systems to prevent Legionnaires’ disease in NSW.

Disease notification by doctors and hospitals, laboratories, schools and child care centres

The Public Health Act 2010 requires doctors, hospital chief executive officers, and pathology laboratories to notify patients with certain medical conditions to the Secretary of the Ministry of Health. Some infectious diseases also need to be reported by Primary School Principals and Child Care Centre Directors.

For more information see Disease notification.

Disposal of bodies

The requirements of the Public Health Regulation 2012 in relation to the disposal of bodies apply to any person who may handle or dispose of human bodies, which includes funeral directors, cemeteries and crematories, and hospital morgues.

This information sheet is available in:

Fees and penalties

Under the Public Health Act 2010 and the Public Health Regulation 2012 , a range of fees and penalties are applicable.

This information sheet is available in:

Notification requirements for industry stakeholders

The notification requirements of the Public Health Act 2010 and the Public Health Regulation 2010 concerning occupiers of premises:

  • at which a water-cooling system or warm water system is installed
  • at which a public swimming pool or spa pool is situated
  • where skin penetration procedures are carried out
  • where a mortuary or crematory is operated.

This information sheet is available in:

Other materials

Public Health Act 2010 and Public Health Regulation 2012 – Announcement for Stakeholders
To help industry stakeholders communicate to interested parties about the commencement of the Act and Regulation, and the availability of the new webpage and information sheets, the above Announcement for Stakeholders has been developed. This can be downloaded for insertion in industry newsletters, uploading to relevant websites or attachment to email communications.

Public Health Act 2010 and Public Health Regulation 2012 – Announcement for Health Practitioners
To help promote the commencement of the Act and Regulation to health practitioners, and the availability of the new webpage and information sheets, the above Announcement for Health Practitioners has been developed. Professional associations for health practitioners and other relevant organisations and agencies can download this document for insertion in newsletters, uploading to relevant websites or attachment to email communications.

Public Health Act 2010 and Public Health Regulation 2012 - Summary of requirements in relation to Environmental Health
Information on the requirements of the Act and the Regulation as they relate to the areas of Legionella control, control of public swimming pools and spa pools, control of skin penetration procedures, drinking water supplies, and disposal of bodies.

Page Updated: Friday 15 September 2017