Public Health Act Handbook for Local Government

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Local government enforcement agencies have a significant role in the administration and enforcement of the Public Health Act 2016.

WA Health has produced the Public Health Act 2016 Handbook (PDF 5 MB) to support local government authorised officers to interpret and administer the Act. The document summarises key provisions of the new Public Health Act and also provides practical advice to support persons who are authorised under the legislation.

It is anticipated that the Handbook will be updated following the enactment of stage 5 of the Public Health Act, when the Act becomes fully operational. Feedback on the Handbook should be emailed to 

Each Part of the Public Health Act relevant to the functions of local government are also summarised below.

The Public Health Act 2016

Any enquiries related to the administration and enforcement of the Public Health Act should be referred to This email is monitored daily. 

Updates for local government

To receive updates on the Public Health Act as the legislation is progressively rolled out over the next 4 years please subscribe to the environmental health email updates (external site).