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.

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


A guideline to support local government officers responsible for completing the annual performance reports is currently in development and is anticipated for release prior to the 2020-21 reporting period.

Previous reports

Previous reports summarising findings of local government reporting under the Food Act and Public Health Act are provided below.

Reports on the Food Act 2008

The information received from enforcement agencies is compiled into a comprehensive performance report about food regulatory functions every three years. In the interim years a summary of the reporting information is published.

Reports on the Public Health Act 2016





Last reviewed: 20-10-2020