Annual performance reporting for local government enforcement agencies

The Department of Health requires local government enforcement agencies to submit an annual report on their performance under the:

  • Food Act 2008 (section 121) 
  • Public Health Act 2016 (section 22).

Reports are mandatory and must be submitted each financial year between 1 July to 31 August.

These reports assist the Chief Health Officer to anticipate:

  • issues associated with the administration of public health legislation
  • gauge the level of consistency in which public health legislation is being administered across WA and
  • identify knowledge gaps and areas for future policy development.

The Department of Health will release at the completion of each financial year an online reporting template (published on this page) which includes details on what a local government will be required to report on.

2020 - 2021 financial year reporting

The Department of Health is now receiving reports from local government enforcement agencies for the 2020/21 financial year.

To meet your reporting requirements please complete the reporting form online at the Department of Health online consultation hub (external site) by 31 August 2021.

Food Act and Public Health Act reporting questions 2020/2021 (Word 281KB)

Letter to local government CEOs (PDF 92KB)

Guideline on the Food Act 2008 and Public Health Act 2016 Enforcement Agency Reporting (PDF 230KB)

The Department of Health follow up with local governments who do not complete their reports on time. Upon completion of the reporting submission period a report is published for each Act summarising key findings for legislative issues across WA.

Local government can provide feedback on the reporting process at any stage. Feedback can be submitted to


Guidelines to support local government officers responsible for completing the annual performance reports:

Last reviewed: 06-07-2021