Disease Surveillance

The Disease Surveillance Unit is responsible for the coordination of the ACT Communicable Diseases Surveillance Program. The program aims to reduce the occurrence of infectious diseases in the ACT community by implementing disease control measures. The main roles of the unit include:

The Disease Surveillance Unit is responsible for the coordination of the ACT Communicable Diseases Surveillance Program.

The program aims to reduce the occurrence of infectious diseases in the ACT community by implementing disease control measures.

The main roles of the unit include:

  • management of the ACT Notifiable Disease Surveillance Program
  • collection and recording of disease notifications
  • follow-up and investigation of notifiable disease cases and the implementation of control measures to prevent them from spreading
  • investigation and management of disease outbreaks
  • informing and developing disease prevention and control strategies
Notifiable Conditions

There are more than 60 notifiable conditions in the ACT. The Chief Health Officer (CHO) must be informed of any known cases of these diseases under the Public Health Act 1997. Doctors, authorised nurse practitioners, pathologists and hospital managers are responsible for notifying the CAHO of patients who they have reasonable grounds to believe has or may have a notifiable disease.

Information on reporting requirements can be accessed through the Reporting of Notifiable Conditions Code of Practice.

Please use the Report of Notifiable Disease or Related Death Form to report any known cases. You can email it to cdc@act.gov.au or fax it to 02 6205 1739.

You can view a list of current notifiable conditions in the ACT, as well as the Code of Practice on the ACT Legislation Register.

For more information, please contact the Communicable Disease Control Information line on 02 6205 2155.

Surveillance Data

ACT Health provides surveillance data to the National Notifiable Disease Surveillance System (NNDSS). You can find this notification data on their NNDSS website.

We conduct surveillance for laboratory-confirmed cases of influenza in the ACT, and prepare a fortnightly influenza report each season. You can find past and current data Influenza in the ACT <link to new page>.

Page last updated on: 29 Sep 2018