Reporting requirements for local government

2018 - 2019 reporting now due

Local government should refer to the WA Health online consultation hub (external site) to complete the annual reporting and optional reporting requirements, which are now due.

Reporting requirements under the Public Health Act

Section 22 of the Public Health Act 2016 (external site) requires local governments to:

  • Provide a report on their performance of functions under the Act and
  • Forward details within the specified time of any proceedings for an offence they have either instituted or finalised under the Act.

Reporting is required annually to coincide with financial year reporting under the Financial Management Act 2006 (external site) and is combined with the reporting requirements under the Food Act 2008. Local Governments should already be familiar with the Food Act 2008 reporting process.

The Public Health Act 2016 questions that will be asked include:

  1. What is the number of full time equivalent (FTE) Public Health Act 2016 authorised officers working in your LGA? 
  2. What is the number of full time equivalent (FTE) persons that assist authorised officers with their duties in your LGA? 
  3. Has your LGA experienced difficulties recruiting appropriately qualified persons to be designated as authorised officers under the Public Health Act 2016 during the reporting period (Yes/No) 
  4. Has your LGA had any authorised officers return their certificate of authority (i.e. cease to be authorised officers) during the reporting period? a. If yes, how many?

Mandatory reporting must be completed by each Local Government and submitted to WA Health before 31st August 2018.

WA Health will be following up Local Governments who do not complete their reports on time.

Reporting opens on the 1st July 2018, and can be submitted using WA Health's online consultation hub (external site).

For any queries regarding Public Health Act 2016 required reporting please email

Optional reporting under the Public Health Act

Local Governments are being asked a number of optional questions about the 2017-2018 financial year as a way to assist the WA Health in the regulatory review process that is occurring as part of the Public Health Act 2016 roll out and implementation.

Local Governments are asked to respond to the questions using WA Health's online consultation hub (external site). You can preview the optional questions (PDF 300KB) before completing the survey.

Submissions are due by the 31 August 2018.

All local governments that provide answers to the optional questions are assisting in ensuring that public health risks continue to be effectively managed in WA.

For any queries regarding the optional reporting or for alternative ways to submit your response please email

Previous annual reporting results

Previous optional reporting results

As part of the 2016 - 2017 reporting, local governments were asked a number of optional questions to assist with collecting evidence to support the Department of Health's regulatory review process.

For further enquires please email