Public Health Amendment (Review) Act 2017

The Public Health Amendment (Review) Act made a number of changes to the Public Health Act 2010 following a recent statutory review of the Act and other developments in public health. The Act addresses a range of public health matters, such as notification of diseases and conditions 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.

The amendments take effect from the date of assent of the Bill, 20 September 2017, [assent] or on the date proclaimed.

Summary of amendments

Public Health Act 2010

​The Public Health A​ct 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 Re​gulation 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.

Current as at: Monday 20 November 2017