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.

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

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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

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