Key messages

  • Notifiable conditions are included in Schedules 4 and 6 of the Public Health and Wellbeing Regulations 2009.
  • The regulations exist to protect the public’s health and safety.
  • Urgent conditions require immediate notification to the department by telephoning 1300 651 160 upon initial diagnosis or clinical suspicion (presumptive or confirmed).
  • From 1 September 2018 the requirements for notifiable conditions have changed. The changes help to reduce the notification workload for medical practitioners, streamline reporting and modernise the scheme.

The Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008 requires that prescribed conditions are notified to the department by persons in charge of pathology services (laboratories), and medical practitioners (doctors). The law exists to monitor and control the occurrence of infectious diseases and other specified conditions, and helps to prevent further illness.

Notifiable conditions are included in Schedules 4 and 6 of the Public Health and Wellbeing Regulations 2009 (the regulations) and are divided into four groups on the basis of the method of notification and the information required.

Changes to the notification requirements from 1 September 2018

From 1 September 2018 the requirements for notifiable conditions have changed. The changes help to reduce the notification workload for medical practitioners, streamline reporting and modernise the scheme. Detailed information on the changes is provided in this information bulletin.

Condition groupings

Urgent (red forms): Conditions require immediate notification to the department by telephone – 1300 651 160 – upon initial diagnosis or clinical suspicion (presumptive or confirmed).

Routine (blue forms): Conditions require written notification only within 5 days of diagnosis (presumptive or confirmed). 

Routine and coded (orange forms): Conditions include the sexually transmissible diseases and have separate forms. To preclude identification of the patient, only the first two letters of the first name and last name of the patient are required.

Conditions notifiable by medical practitioners are listed in schedule 4 of the regulations. Conditions notifiable by pathology services (laboratories) are listed in schedule 6 of the regulations. 

The table on the 'Notify a condition now' page lists all the notifiable conditions in their relevant group.

Notification methods

The table on the 'Notify a condition now' page provides links to notify a condition online or download PDF forms to complete offline and post/fax. The relevant forms are linked for each condition. 

Important – do not email notifications. 

Laboratory notification

Around Australia and overseas, it has been recognised that laboratory notification is an integral part of any disease surveillance system.

Laboratories are required to notify tests, indicating:

  • the probable presence of a human pathogenic organism associated with a scheduled infectious disease or condition; see schedule 6 of the regulations for the full list of conditions
  • lead (blood lead greater than 5 μg/dL), whether or not the test was requested as part of routine biological monitoring as prescribed by the Occupational Health and Safety Regulations 2017.

In addition to the above, the regulations require notification from laboratories of the following microorganisms isolated or detected in food or water supplies: 

  • Campylobacter spp.
  • Cryptosporidium spp.
  • Salmonella spp.
  • verotoxin-producing Escherichia coli (VTEC)
  • Vibrio spp.
  • Giardia cysts
  • Listeria monocytogenes
  • Cyclospora spp.
  • hepatitis A
  • norovirus.

Immediate notification must be made by telephone, followed by notice in writing within 5 days specifying the microorganism isolated or detected, date of isolation or detection, source (food or water) and any batch identification (if appropriate).

Important – do not Email notifications.

What information you need to notify

The information medical practitioners are required to notify is listed in schedule 4 of the regulations. This information includes:

  • Notifiable condition
  • Case information
  • Clinical information
  • Risk factor information
  • Reporting medical practitioner information

Forms are made available at www.health.vic.gov.au/notify to complete online or to print and post/fax.

The information pathology services are required to notify is listed in schedule 6 of the regulations. This information includes:

  • Notifiable condition
  • Case information
  • Clinical information
  • Testing information
  • Requesting medical practitioner information
  • Pathology service information

An extract of Schedules 4 and 6 of the Public Health and Wellbeing Regulations is available for download and provides a summary of the conditions and information notifiable by medical practitioners and pathology services (laboratories) in Victoria.

Notification investigations

The department conducts surveillance on infectious diseases to pinpoint outbreaks, to prevent the spread of infection and prevent further exposure.

For certain conditions (including those not or no longer notifiable by medical practitioners), public health officers conduct further investigations. This may involve contacting the notifying doctor or patient to obtain more detailed information. In most circumstances, department staff will not contact the patient without seeking the consent of the notifying doctor.

The department publishes annual, quarterly and daily surveillance reports online and in hard copy. See 'Infectious diseases – surveillance reports'.

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