Public Health Act 2005 - Queensland

Service summary

The objective of the Public Health Act 2005 is to protect and promote the health of the Queensland Public.

The Public Health Act 2005 consolidates and amends the laws relating to public health in Queensland. The Act prescribes the power and responsibilities of State and local Government, the Chief Health Officer and other authorized persons. The Act further prescribes the procedures to be followed in the prevention, notification and treatment of notifiable diseases and the responsibilities of medical practitioners and private hospitals in the area. It also provides for the identification and regulation of public health risks.

The following Subordinate Legislation should be examined:

  • Public Health Regulation 2005
  • Private Health Facilities Act 1999

The following Guides or Booklets are available:

  • What Doctors Need to Know
  • What Nurses Need to Know
  • A Quick Reference Guide for Pharmacists
  • What Dentists Need to Know
  • What Veterinary Surgeons Need to Know
  • What Wholesale Representatives Need to Know.

Service type

Regulatory Obligation

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


Appeal process


Compliance Mechanisms and Penalties:

The Chief Executive Officer may appoint environmental health officers and other authorized officers (including police officers) to enforce compliance with the Act. These officers have powers to enter and search premises (including vehicles), seize evidence relating to offences and serve notices.

Offences may be prosecuted in court and can result in fines. Cancellation or suspension of licences may also result.

Administering agency

Queensland Health
Environmental Health Branch
Health Protection Directorate

Contact details

Queensland Health
Environmental Health Branch
Health Protection Directorate

Operating address:
Level 1, 15 Butterfield Street
Queensland 4006
Mailing address:
PO Box 2368


07 3328 9310


07 3328 9296


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