Key messages

  • The Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008 requires that prescribed conditions are notified to the Department of Health and Human Services by persons in charge of pathology services and medical practitioners. 
  • The law exists to monitor and control the occurrence of infectious diseases and other specified conditions, and helps to prevent further illness.
  • This page provides details on which infections must be notified, when you must notify, as well as how to notify.

The Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008 requires that prescribed conditions are notified to the Department of Health and Human Services  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. The aim is to protect the health and safety of the community.

Click on an Online link or Form link in the Notify now column of the table below to notify the relevant condition. Additional information, fact sheets and forms are available in the Downloads section of this page. Click on the link in the BHC info column for patient information about the notifiable condition. The information is provided from the Better Health Channel.

The department has recently upgraded the online notification forms to a new platform hosted by the Commonwealth Government's Department of Industry, Innovation and Science. The new forms provide a better user experience and ability to save partially completed forms. The information you provide in these forms is protected and only visible by authorised staff within the department.

Important: Group A conditions require immediate notification to the department by telephone on 1300 651160 (24 hours) upon initial diagnosis or clinical suspicion (presumptive or confirmed), followed by written notification within five days.

Notifiable conditions

The following table outlines which infectious are notifiable in Victoria, and when to notify.

Notifiable condition When to notify  Notify now
Group BHC info
Acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) Within 5 days
Form 
D Info
Anthrax Immediately Online
Form
A Info
Arbovirus infections - other or not further specified – including Flavivirus infections (Zika virus infection form is listed below) Within 5 days Online
Form
B Info
Barmah Forest virus infection Within 5 days Online 
Form
B Info
Botulism Immediately Online
Form
A Info
Brucellosis Within 5 days Online
Form
B N/A
Campylobacter infection Within 5 days Online
Form
B Info
Chikungunya virus Immediately Online
Form
A N/A
Chlamydial trachomatis infection Within 5 days Online
Form
C Info
Cholera Immediately Online
Form
A N/A
Creutzfeldt–Jakob disease Within 5 days Online
Form
B Info
Cryptosporidiosis Within 5 days Online
Form
B Info
Dengue virus infection Within 5 days Online
Form
B Info
Diphtheria Immediately Online
Form
A Info
Donovanosis Within 5 days Online
Form
C N/A
Food- or water-borne illness (2 or more related cases) Immediately Online
Form
A Info
Gonorrhoea
Within 5 days Online
Form
C Info
Haemolytic uraemic syndrome (HUS) Immediately Online
Form
A Info
Haemophilus influenzae type b infection (Hib) Immediately Online
Form
A Info
Hepatitis A Immediately Online
Form
A Info
Hepatitis B – newly acquired Within 5 days Form
B Info
Hepatitis B – unspecified
Within 5 days
Form
B Info
Hepatitis C – newly acquired Within 5 days
Form
B Info
Hepatitis C – unspecified Within 5 days
Form
B Info
Hepatitis D Within 5 days Online
Form
B Info
Hepatitis E Within 5 days Online
Form
B Info
Hepatitis viral (not further specified) Within 5 days Online
Form
B Info
Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection – newly acquired (see also Notification of death from HIV form) Within 5 days

Form

D Info
Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection – unspecified (see also Notification of death from HIV form) Within 5 days

Form

D Info
Influenza – laboratory confirmed Within 5 days Online
Form
B Info
Japanese encephalitis Immediately Online
Form
A Info
Kunjin virus infection
Within 5 days Online
Form
B Info
Lead (blood lead >5 μg/dL) Within 5 days Online
Form
B Info
Legionellosis Immediately Online
Form
A Info
Leprosy Within 5 days Online
Form
B Info
Leptospirosis Within 5 days Online
Form
B Info
Listeriosis Within 5 days Online
Form
B Info
Lyssavirus – Australian bat lyssavirus Within 5 days Online
Form
B Info
Lyssavirus – other/not further specified Within 5 days Online
Form
B Info
Malaria Within 5 days Online
Form
B Info
Measles Immediately Online
Form
A Info
Meningococcal infection – invasive Immediately Online
Form
A Info
Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS)  Immediately  Online  Form
N/A
Mumps Within 5 days Online
Form
B Info
Murray Valley encephalitis virus Immediately Online
Form
A Info
Mycobacterium ulcerans Within 5 days Online
Form
B Info
Paratyphoid Immediately Online
Form
A Info
Pertussis Within 5 days Online
Form
B Info
Plague Immediately Online
Form
A N/A
Pneumococcal infection – invasive Within 5 days Online
Form
B Info
Poliomyelitis Immediately Online
Form
A Info
Psittacosis (ornithosis) Within 5 days Online
Form
B Info
Q fever Within 5 days Online
Form
B Info
Rabies Immediately Online
Form
A N/A
Ross River virus infection Within 5 days Online
Form
B Info
Rubella Within 5 days Online
Form
B Info
Rubella – congenital Within 5 days Online
Form
B Info
Salmonellosis Within 5 days Online
Form
B Info
Severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) Immediately Online
Form
A Info
Shigatoxin- and verotoxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC/VTEC) Within 5 days Online
Form
B Info
Shigellosis Within 5 days Online
Form
B Info
Smallpox Immediately Online
Form
A Info
Syphilis – 2 years/unknown duration Within 5 days Online
Form
C Info
Syphilis – congenital
Within 5 days Online
Form
C Info
Syphilis – infectious 2 years Within 5 days Online
Form
C Info
Tetanus Within 5 days Online
Form
B Info
Tuberculosis Within 5 days   Form
B Info
Tularaemia Immediately Online
Form
A N/A
Typhoid Immediately Online
Form
A Info
Varicella – chickenpox Within 5 days Online
Form
B Info
Varicella – herpes zoster (shingles) Within 5 days Online
Form
B Info
Viral haemorrhagic fevers Immediately Online
Form
A Info
Yellow fever Immediately Online
Form
A Info
Zika virus infection  Within 5 days
Online
Form
B
Info

Condition groups

Infectious diseases are grouped into A, B, C or D according to when and how they should be notified:

  • Group A conditions require immediate notification to the department by telephone on 1300 651 160 (24 hours) upon initial diagnosis or clinical suspicion (presumptive or confirmed), with written notification to follow within 5 days.
  • Group B conditions require written notification only within 5 days of diagnosis (presumptive or confirmed).
  • Group C conditions include the sexually transmissible diseases. To preclude identification of the patient, only the first two letters of the first and last names of the patient are required.
  • Group D conditions include HIV infection and AIDS, and written notification is required within 5 days of confirmation of diagnosis.

How to notify

Notify all conditions using one of the following methods:

  • Telephone 1300 651 160 (24 hours)
  • Fax to 1300 651 170
  • Post to Department of Health and Human Services, Reply Paid 65937, Melbourne VIC 8060
  • online (via this page).  

NOTE: Group A conditions MUST also be notified immediately by phone if you choose to notify in writing.

Standard notification forms apply for all group A, B and C conditions, and contain the minimum mandatory information required. Using the standard form, you can notify securely online or download a form to complete and post or fax later.

Enhanced notification forms are used for some diseases. These enhanced forms collect the same mandatory information as the standard form, as well as additional epidemiological data about the case.

Do not email notifications.

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