Codes of Practice

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Cooling towers, evaporative condensers and warm water storage systems code of practice 2005

The Cooling Towers, Evaporative Condensers and Warm Water Storage Systems (Specialised Systems) Code of Practice 2005 provides a framework for reporting and management relating to cooling towers and warm water storage systems in the ACT, with a focus on the control of Legionella bacteria.

For more information or advice on the code of practice please contact the Health Protection Service on (02)6205 1700.

Healthcare Facilities Code of Practice

ACT healthcare facilities code of practice 2001

The ACT Health Care Facilities Code of Practice 2001 (‘the Code’) protects the community from the public health risks associated with the operation and management of health care facilities that provide prescribed medical and dental procedures.

Its objective is to protect and promote health and prevent illness, injury and disability.

Infection Control for Office Practices and Other Community Based Services

Businesses covered by the Code

May include but not be limited to:

Health and allied health care services (including government owned):

  • Dental practices
  • Diagnostic clinics
  • Pharmacies
  • Podiatry clinics
  • Acupuncture clinics
  • Pathology collection centres

Personal service industries:

  • Beauty therapists
  • Tattoo studios
  • Body piercing studios
  • Mobile practitioners
  • Ear piercing businesses

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Public Health (Drinking Water) Code of Practice 2007

The Public Health (Drinking Water) Code of Practice 2007 provides a framework for water quality management relating to the supply of drinking water under a Drinking Water Utility Licence in the Australian Capital Territory.

The code of practice specifies the technical requirements for the supply, quality, monitoring of, and reporting on drinking water in the ACT. The code of practice also documents the notification procedures the Water Utility must follow if an incident occurs that poses an imminent risk to public health.

For more information or advice on the code of practice please contact the Health Protection Service on (02) 6205 1700.

Public swimming and spa pools code of practice 1999

The ACT Public swimming and spa pools code of practice 1999 specifies the minimum levels of chemicals and disinfectants for the treatment of public swimming pools and public spa pools.

The standards referred to in this Code of Practice may be amended from time to time unless otherwise stated. It is the responsibility of the owners/operators to ensure that recommended levels of chemicals used in the disinfection and treatment of water comply with the manufacturer's safety data sheets.

Under the Public Health Act 1997, owners/operators of a pool or spa facility are also required to ensure appropriate standards of sanitation are maintained. This includes the regular cleaning of toilets and change rooms that are provided as part of the facility.

For more information or advice on the code of practice please contact the Health Protection Service on (02) 6205 1700.

The code of practice applies to:

  • public swimming pools and spa pools
  • pools where the public, members and their guests, customers and patrons may have reasonable access as part of a service or workplace. This includes pool and spa facilities at:
    • hotels, motels and serviced apartments
    • clubs
    • schools
    • gymnasiums and health resorts
    • squash and tennis centres
    • recreational resorts
    • hospitals (hydrotherapy pools)
    • workplaces
    • places of adult entertainment, and
    • pools used to provide swimming lessons.
Reporting of Notifiable Conditions Code of Practice 2017

The Public Health Act 1997 (the Act) imposes obligations on certain individuals to report notifiable conditions to the Chief Health Officer in accordance with the applicable code of practice.

This code of practice outlines the process for reporting notifiable conditions for those functioning in a clinical and/or diagnostic role who are obliged to report notifiable conditions under the Act.

Prompt notifications will allow early public health intervention.

The Public Health Act 1997 (the Act) imposes obligations on certain individuals to report notifiable conditions to the Chief Health Officer in accordance with the applicable code of practice.

This code of practice outlines the process for reporting notifiable conditions for those functioning in a clinical and/or diagnostic role who are obliged to report notifiable conditions under the Act.

This code of practice applies to:

- Medical Practitioners
- Authorised Nurse Practitioners
- Pathologists
- Hospitals

People who are responsible for the care, counselling, support or education of someone else, are also able to report notifiable conditions under the Act, this code of practice is not the applicable code of practice for these people.

This is an enforceable Code of Practice under the Public Health Act 1997. It is an objective of the code to provide the notifier and the government with a set of standards for reporting notifiable conditions. It is not intended that strong enforcement practices be implemented without first consulting with the notifier and working together to address problems.

Prompt notifications will allow early public health intervention.

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The Reporting of Notifiable Conditions Code of Practice can be access on the ACT Legislation Register:

Page last updated on: 5 Dec 2018