2018-2019 Local Government Public Health Act Optional Reporting

Closed 18 Oct 2019

Opened 1 Jul 2019


The 2018/2019 Local Government optional reporting is designed to assist the WA Department of Health with the Regulation Review Program that is currently being undertaken as part of the Public Health Act 2016 implementation. The consultation is based on activities undertaken during the 2018/2019 financial year and occurs in conjunction with Public Health Act 2016 and Food Act 2008 Local Government mandatory reporting.


Why your views matter

In the lead up to stage 5 of implementation of the Public Health Act 2016 the WA Department of Health must review all regulations adopted under the Health (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1911, as well as a number of provisions within the Act that will be repealed at stage 5. The aim is to determine whether these public health risks must continue to be regulated under the new regulatory framework provided by the Public Health Act or can be managed in other ways such as a local law, other legislation or a guideline.

Some of the regulations being reviewed include:

  • Health (Skin Penetration Procedure) Regulations 1998
  • Health (Garden Soil) Regulations 1998
  • Fly Eradication Regulations 1961
  • Health (Pesticides) Regulations 2011
  • Health (Prescribed Insect Pests) Regulations 1991
  • Construction Camp Regulations 1970
  • Health (Air-Handling and Water Systems) Regulations 1994
  • Health (Aquatic Facilities) Regulations 2007
  • Health (Offensive Trades Fees) Regulations 1976
  • Health (Public Buildings) Regulations 1992
  • Health (Section 112(2) Prohibition) Regulations 2006
  • Health Act (Carbon Monoxide) Regulations 1975
  • Health Act (Laundries and Bathrooms) Regulations
  • Piggeries Regulations 1952
  • Health (Treatment of Sewage and Disposal of Effluent and Liquid Waste) Regulations 1974

All responses received will be used to assist the Department of Health in determining how public health risks should be managed in Western Australia under the Public Health Act 2016 going forward.   

What happens next

The data that has been provided to the Department of Health is under review and will be used as part of the Health (Miscellanous Provisions) Act 1911 regulation review process. 


  • Local governments


  • Consumer/carer/community engagement