Public Health Act 2010
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
- monitor diseases and conditions affecting public health (new)
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.