Environmental Health

The key role of Environmental Health is to protect and promote the good health of the ACT community through the fostering of safe and healthy environments.

Environmental Health provides information, policy development, monitoring and enforcement in relation to a wide range of public health activities.

These activities include:

For licensing, registration and codes of practice regarding Food Businesses, Cooling Towers, Hairdressers, Healthcare Facilities, Infection Control of premises, Swimming and Spa Pools visit Licensing and Registration.


As part of the ACT Government's commitment to reducing red tape, ACT Health has undertaken a review of public health regulation in the ACT.

As of 1 January 2015, boarding houses will no longer be a declared public health risk activity or require a licence under the ACT Public Health Act 1997 to operate.

It is important to note that whilst boarding houses will no longer be a licensable public health risk activity under the Public Health Act 1997 from 1 January 2015, the Health Protection Service retains regulatory powers under the Act to address any condition that is, or may become, a public health risk or be offensive to community health standards. As such, the Health Protection Service will investigate any public health complaints received from the community concerning practices at boarding houses.

Guide to organising public events in the ACT

Organisers of public events such as fetes and carnivals have wide ranging responsibilities in addition to management of the venue, entertainment or proceedings.

The Office of Regulatory Services, Department of Justice and Community Safety has provided a Guide to organising public events in the ACT (PDF).

Contact us

25 Mulley Street
Holder ACT 2611

Phone: (02) 6205 1700
Facsimile: (02) 6205 1705
Emergency (24 hours): (02) 9962 8612