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


You will need 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
  • ear piercing businesses.

Please note that this code is not needed 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 is a set of rules which details how people in a certain industry should behave. A code of practice can be defined as a result of legislation or by industry regulators and bodies.

Other resources

Act(s) name

Public Health Act 1997 Australian Capital Territory

Regulation(s) name

Public Health Regulation 2000 Australian Capital Territory

Administering agency

Health Directorate

Health Protection Service

Contact details

Contact Email, Phone and Address Details for this service in simple two column table format, header then data.

Please use these contact details for help or more information:

Public Health Officers

Health Protection Service

Health Directorate

Australian Capital Territory
Operating address: Howard Florey Centenary House
25 Mulley Street
Holder, Australian Capital Territory 2611
Mailing address: LOCKED BAG 5005
Weston Creek, Australian Capital Territory 2611
Phone: 02 5124 9700
Fax: 02 5124 5554
Website: Health Protection Service (Opens in new window)