Public Health Act 2005 (Chapter 4 Infection Control for Health Care Facilities) - Queensland

Service summary

Object or Purpose of this legislative Instrument:

The primary objective of the Act is to protect and promote the health of the Queensland public by providing the basic safeguards necessary to protect public health through cooperation between the State Government, local governments, health care providers and the community.

Scope of this legislative Instrument:

The Public Health Act 2005 establishes criteria for the requirements and standards to be followed by providers of declared health services in relation to infection control practices and public health. The Act imposes a general obligation on persons involved in the provision of a declared health service (such as an acupuncture clinic) to take reasonable precautions and care to minimise the risk of infection to other persons. It also requires certain health care facilities to develop and implement an infection control management plan (ICMP). An ICMP must identify the potential infection risks, detail the measures to be taken to prevent or minimise the risks, provide how the implementation of the ICMP is to be monitored and reviewed, and provide for staff training about the ICMP.

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Service type

Regulatory Obligation

An obligation defined in law. A business must comply with relevant services.

Definition of terms

Declared health service
  1. A declared health service means a service provided to a person that
    1. is intended to maintain, improve or restore the persons health; and
    2. involves the performance of an invasive procedure or an activity that exposes the person or another person to blood or another bodily fluid.
  2. Without limiting subsection (1), a declared health service includes a declared health service provided to a person at the following
    1. a public sector hospital
    2. a medical practice
    3. a dental practice
    4. an acupuncture clinic
    5. a midwifery service
    6. an ambulance service
    7. a blood bank.
Health care facility

A health care facility means a facility at which a declared health service is provided and includes:

  • mobile premises associated with the facility, such as
    • an ambulance base and the ambulances that operate from the base
    • a home based service provided by a public sector hospital
    • an acupuncture clinic operating from an office or residential address that provides home visits
  • other premises or places at which persons employed or otherwise engaged at the facility provide declared health services for the facility.
  • health care facility includes services supporting the facility, such as
    • a hospital laundry or cleaning service.

Additional information

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Appeal process


Compliance Mechanisms and Penalties:

Authorised officers investigate complaints and where necessary refer the outcome of the investigation to the relevant authority. The relevant authority is the Health Quality and Complaints Commission under the Health Quality and Commission Act 2006, or a board under the Health Practitioner (Professional Standards) Act 1991, or the council under the Nursing Act 1992, or another entity that has the power under an Act of the State, the Commonwealth or another State to deal with the matter.

Administering agency

Queensland Health
Communicable Diseases Unit
Communicable Diseases Surveillance Prevention and Control

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