Key messages

  • Environmental health officers (EHOs) provide a variety of public health services to the community.
  • The department’s Secretary declares the qualifications necessary for appointment as an EHO, which are published in the Victoria Government Gazette.
  • The enHealth Environmental Health Officer Skills and Knowledge Matrix forms the basis of the qualifications required and services provided.

Environmental health officers (EHOs) provide a variety of public health services to the community in the following areas:

  • safe and suitable food
  • prevention and control of notifiable and communicable conditions
  • water management
  • environmental management
  • land use management
  • built environment
  • Aboriginal environmental health
  • sustainability and climate change
  • emergency and incident management.

The enHealth Environmental Health Officer Skills and Knowledge Matrix provides more detail on each of these areas.

The Secretary of the department is required to declare the qualifications necessary for appointment as an EHO. Declarations are published in the Victoria Government Gazette, which is kept up to date on this webpage.

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