Public Health (Infection Control) Code of Practice 2005 - Australian Capital Territory

Service summary

You will be required to comply with this code if you intend to operate any business where there is a risk of transmission of a blood borne disease.

The code aims to minimise the risk of transmission of blood borne diseases by listing certain precautions to be adopted during risk-prone procedures. It also aims to promote a safe working environment for staff performing risk-prone procedures. The following types of businesses may need to comply with this code:

  • Dental practices;
  • Diagnostic clinics;
  • Pharmacies;
  • Podiatry clinics;
  • Acupuncture clinics;
  • Pathology collection centres;
  • Beauty therapists;
  • Tattoo studios;
  • Body piercing studios;
  • Mobile practitioners; and
  • Ear piercing businesses.

Please note that this code is not required by businesses where the infection risk procedures are only being undertaken by, or under the direct supervision of, registered medical practitioners.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information and to ascertain the level of compliance (if any) that may be required.

Service type

Code of Practice

A code of practice can be either a legal requirement or non-legal requirement. Legal codes of practice are defined as a result of legislation. Non-legal codes of practice are defined by industry regulators and bodies.

Administering agency

Health Directorate
Population Health Division

Act(s) name

Public Health Act 1997 (Australian Capital Territory)

Contact details

General Enquiries, Health Protection Service
Health Directorate
Population Health Division

Operating address:
Howard Florey Centenary House
25 Mulley Street
Australian Capital Territory 2611
Mailing address:
Locked Bag 5005
Weston Creek
Australian Capital Territory 2611


02 6205 1700


02 6205 1705

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