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The Public Health Act 2010 was passed by the NSW Parliament in December 2010 and commenced on 1 September 2012.
The objectives of the Public Health Act are to:
  • Protect and promote public health
  • Control the risk to public health
  • Promote the control of infectious diseases
  • Prevent the spread of infectious diseases
  • Recognise the role of local governments in protecting public health
The Act carries over many of the provisions in the Public Health Act 1991 while also including a range of new provisions.

Public Health Regulation 2012

The Public Health Regulation 2012 was approved in July 2012 and commenced, along with the Public Health Act 2010, on 1 September2012. The objectives of the Regulation are to support the smooth operation of the Public Health Act 2010.

The Regulation makes provision for:
  • installation, operating and maintenance requirements for air-conditioning systems and other regulated systems
  • operating requirements for public swimming pools and spa pools
  • the issuing of orders to temporarily close down public swimming pools or spa pools, or to take disinfection action, where there is a risk to public health
  • requirements for the carrying out of skin penetration procedures and for the premises where such procedures are carried out
  • quality assurance programs for suppliers of drinking water
  • disease control measures
  • the facilities and procedures for the handling of bodies of deceased persons, exhumations, cremations and other matters relating to the disposal of bodies
  • the code of conduct for certain health practitioners,
  • fees payable in relation to improvement notices, prohibition orders and inspection of premises
  • notification and record-keeping requirements
  • penalty notice offences


Information Sheets are available to support stakeholders to recognise and comply with their responsibilities under the Regulation. 

Page Updated: Thursday 2 August 2012