Notify anaphylaxis now

Notification of  anaphylaxis applies to Victorian public and private hospitals.

All anaphylaxis cases presenting to hospital for treatment should be reported to the Department of Health and Human Services via the online notification form (available 24/7). Click the link below to notify now.

Hospitals notify anaphylaxis now

Notify an infectious disease or medical condition now

Notification of an infectious disease or medical condition applies to  Medical practitioners and/or pathology services.

Expand a condition below to see the notifications requirements, links to notify now and further information.

Notifiable conditions

  • Anthrax - Urgent

    Notification requirements

    Medical practitioners

    When Urgent – telephone 1300 651160 (24/7)
    How Telephone 1300 651160 (24/7) - after hours service available

    Pathology services

    When Urgent – telephone 1300 651160 (24/7) followed by written notification within 5 days 
    How Telephone 1300 651160 (24/7) - after hours service available

    More information

    Control guidelines Anthrax control guidelines
    Patient information Anthrax page on the Better Health Channel
    Current alert/advisories No current alerts/advisories
  • Arbovirus infections other arbovirus infections - Routine

    Notification requirements

    Medical practitioners

    When Not required
    How Not required

    Pathology services

    When Routine - written notification within 5 days 
    How Fax the lab report to 1300 651170 or send by other authorised method

    More information

    Control guidelines Not available
    Patient information Mosquitos can carry diseases on the Better Health Channel
    Current alert/advisories No current alerts/advisories
  • Barmah Forest virus infection - Routine

    Notification requirements

    Medical practitioners

    When Not required
    How Not required

    Pathology services

    When Routine - written notification within 5 days 
    How Fax the lab report to 1300 651170 or send by other authorised method

    More information

    Control guidelines Barmah Forest virus disease control guidelines
    Patient information Barmah Forest virus disease on the Better Health Channel
    Current alert/advisories No current alerts/advisories
  • Blood lead greater than 5mg/dL - Routine

    Notification requirements

    Medical practitioners

    When Not required
    How Not required

    Pathology

    When Routine - written notification within 5 days 
    How Fax the lab report to 1300 651170 or send by other authorised method

    More information

    Control guidelines Lead and human health
    Patient information Lead exposure and your health on the Better Health Channel
    Current alert/advisories No current alerts/advisories
  • Botulism - Urgent

    Notification requirements

    Medical practitioners

    When Urgent – telephone 1300 651160 (24/7)
    How Telephone 1300 651160 (24/7) – after hours service available

    Pathology services

    When Urgent – telephone 1300 651160 (24/7) followed by written notification within 5 days
    How Telephone 1300 651160 (24/7) – after hours service available

    More information

    Control guidelines Botulism control guidelines
    Patient information Botulism on the Better Health Channel
    Current alert/advisories No current alerts/advisories
  • Brucellosis – Routine

    Notification requirements

    Medical practitioners

    When Routine – written notification within 5 days
    How Complete secure online form or download the Notification of Brucellosis form to post or fax to 1300 651170

    Pathology

    When Routine – written notification within 5 days
    How Fax the lab report to 1300 651170 or send by other authorised method

    More information

    Control guidelines Brucellosis (undulant fever, Malta fever) control guidelines
    Patient information Not available
    Current alert/advisories No current alerts/advisories
  • Campylobacter infection – Routine

    Notification requirements

    Medical practitioners

    When Not required
    How Not required

    Pathology

    When Routine - written notification within 5 days 
    How Fax the lab report to 1300 651170 or send by other authorised method

    More information

    Control guidelines Campylobacter cotrol guidelines 
    Patient information Campylobacter page on the Better Health Channel
    Current alert/advisories No current alerts/advisories
  • Candida auris - Urgent

    Notification requirements

    Medical practitioners

    When Not required
    How Not required

    Pathology services

    When Urgent – telephone 1300 651160 (24/7) followed by written notification within 5 days
    How Telephone 1300 651160 (24/7) – after hours service available

    More information

    Control guidelines Infection control guidelines
    Patient information Candida auris (C. auris) on the Better Health Channel
    Current alert/advisories No current alerts/advisories
  • Carbapenemase-producing Acinetobacter spp. - Routine

    Notification requirements

    Medical practitioners

    When Not required
    How Not required

    Pathology services

    When Routine - written notification within 5 days
    How Fax the lab report to 1300 651170 or send by other authorised method

    More information

    Control guidelines Infection control guidelines
    Patient information Preventing healthcare associated infection (HAI) on the Better Health Channel
    Current alert/advisories No current alerts/advisories
  • Carbapenemase-producing Enterobacterales - Routine

    Notification requirements

    Medical practitioners

    When Not required
    How Not required

    Pathology

    When Routine - written notification within 5 days 
    How Fax the lab report to 1300 651170 or send by other authorised method

    More information

    Control guidelines Infection control guidelines
    Patient information Preventing healthcare associated infection (HAI) on the Better Health Channel
    Current alert/advisories No current alerts/advisories
  • Carbapenemase-producing Pseudomonas spp. - Routine

    Notification requirements

    Medical practitioners

    When Not required
    How Not required

    Pathology

    When Routine - written notification within 5 days 
    How Fax the lab report to 1300 651170 or send by other authorised method

    More information

    Control guidelines Infection control guidelines
    Patient information Preventing healthcare associated infection (HAI) on the Better Health Channel
    Current alert/advisories No current alerts/advisories
  • Chikungunya virus infection - Routine

    Notification requirements

    Medical practitioners

    When Routine – written notification within 5 days
    How Complete secure online form or download the Notification of Chikungunya virus infection form to post or fax to 1300 651170

    Pathology services

    When
    Routine – written notification within 5 days
    How Fax the lab report to 1300 651170 or send by other authorised method

    More information

    Control guidelines Chikungunya control guidelines
    Patient information Mosquitoes can carry diseases on the Better Health Channel
    Current alert/advisories No current alerts/advisories
  • Chlamydia trachomatis infection - Routine

    Notification requirements

    Medical practitioners

    When Not required
    How Not required

    Pathology services

    When Routine - written notification within 5 days 
    How Fax the lab report to 1300 651170 or send by other authorised method

    More information

    Control guidelines Chlamydia (genital infection) control guidelines
    Patient information Chlamydia on the Better Health Channel
    Current alert/advisories No current alerts/advisories
  • Cholera - Urgent

    Notification requirements

    Medical practitioners

    When Urgent – telephone 1300 651160 (24/7)
    How Telephone 1300 651160 (24/7) – after hours service available

    Pathology services

    When Urgent – telephone 1300 651160 (24/7) followed by written notification within 5 days
    How Telephone 1300 651160 (24/7) – after hours service available

    More information

    Control guidelines Cholera control guidelines
    Patient information
    Current alert/advisories No current alerts/advisories
  • Coronavirus
    See Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Urgent
  • Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) - Routine

    Includes Variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD)

    Notification requirements

    Medical practitioners

    When Routine – written notification within 5 days
    How Complete secure online form or download the Notifiable conditions form to post or fax to 1300 651170

    Pathology services

    When Routine – written notification within 5 days
    How Fax the lab report to 1300 651170 or send by other authorised method

    More information

    Control guidelines Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease control guidelines
    Patient information Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) on the Better Health Channel
    Current alert/advisories No current alerts/advisories
  • Cryptosporidiosis - Routine

    Notification requirements

    Medical practitioners

    When Routine – written notification within 5 days
    How Complete secure online form or download the Notifiable conditions form to post or fax to 1300 651170

    Pathology services

    When Routine - written notification within 5 days 
    How Fax the lab report to 1300 651170 or send by other authorised method

    More information

    Control guidelines Cryptosporidiosis control guidelines
    Patient information Gastroenteritis - cryptosporidiosis on the Better Health Channel
    Current alert/advisories No current alerts/advisories
  • Dengue virus infection - Routine

    Notification requirements

    Medical practitioners

    When Routine – written notification within 5 days
    How Complete secure online form or download the Notification of Dengue form to post or fax to 1300 651170

    Pathology services

    When Routine – written notification within 5 days
    How Fax the lab report to 1300 651170 or send by other authorised method

    More information

    Control guidelines Dengue virus disease control guidelines
    Patient information Dengue virus disease on the Better Health Channel
    Current alert/advisories No current alerts/advisories
      
  • Diphtheria - Urgent

    Notification requirements

    Medical practitioners

    When Urgent – telephone 1300 651160 (24/7)
    How Telephone 1300 651160 (24/7) – after hours service available

    Pathology services

    When Urgent – telephone 1300 651160 (24/7) followed by written notification within 5 days
    How Telephone 1300 651160 (24/7) – after hours service available

    More information

    Control guidelines Diphtheria control guidelines
    Patient information Diphtheria on the Better Health Channel
    Current alert/advisories No current alerts/advisories
  • Donovanosis (Klebsiella granulomatis) infection - Routine

    Notification requirements

    Medical practitioners

    When Routine – written notification within 5 days
    How Complete secure online form or download the Notification of Donovanosis form to post or fax to 1300 651170

    Pathology services

    When Routine - written notification within 5 days 
    How Fax the coded lab report to 1300 651170 or send by other authorised method

    More information

    Control guidelines Donovanosis control guidelines
    Patient information
    Current alert/advisories No current alerts/advisories
  • Food-borne and water-borne illness (two or more related cases) - Urgent

    Notification requirements

    Medical practitioners

    When Urgent – telephone 1300 651160 (24/7)
    How Telephone 1300 651160 (24/7) – after hours service available

    Pathology services

    When Urgent – telephone 1300 651160 (24/7) followed by written notification within 5 days
    How Telephone 1300 651160 (24/7) – after hours service available

    More information

    Control guidelines Food or water-borne illness control guidelines
    Patient information Gastoenteritis on the Better Health Channel
    Current alert/advisories No current alerts/advisories
  • Gonococcal infection - Routine

    Notification requirements

    Medical practitioners

    When Routine – written notification within 5 days
    How Complete secure online form or download the Notification of Gonococcal infection form to post or fax to 1300 651170

    Pathology services

    When Routine - written notification within 5 days 
    How Fax the coded lab report to 1300 651170 or send by other authorised method

    More information

    Control guidelines Gonorrhoea control guidelines
    Patient information Gonorrhoea on the Better Health Channel
    Current alert/advisories No current alerts/advisories
  • Haemolytic Uraemic Syndrome (HUS) - Urgent

    Notification requirements

    Medical practitioners

    When Urgent – telephone 1300 651160 (24/7)
    How Telephone 1300 651160 (24/7) – after hours service available

    Pathology services

    When Not required
    How Not required

    More information

    Control guidelines Not available
    Patient information Haemolytic uraemic syndrome on the Better Health Channel
    Current alert/advisories No current alerts/advisories
  • Haemophilus influenza, type b infection (meningitis, epiglottitis, other invasive infections) - Urgent

    Notification requirements

    Medical practitioners

    When Urgent – telephone 1300 651160 (24/7)
    How Telephone 1300 651160 (24/7) – after hours service available

    Pathology services

    When Urgent – telephone 1300 651160 (24/7) followed by written notification within 5 days 
    How Telephone 1300 651160 (24/7) – after hours service available

    More information

    Control guidelines Haemophilus influenzae infections control guidelines
    Patient information Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) on the Better Health Channel
    Current alert/advisories No current alerts/advisories
  • Hepatitis A - Urgent

    Notification requirements

    Medical practitioners

    When Urgent – telephone 1300 651160 (24/7)
    How Telephone 1300 651160 (24/7) – after hours service available

    Pathology services

    When Urgent – telephone 1300 651160 (24/7) followed by written notification within 5 days
    How Telephone 1300 651160 (24/7) – after hours service available

    More information

    Control guidelines Hepatitis A control guidelines
    Patient information Hepatitis A on the Better Health Channel
    Current alert/advisories No current alerts/advisories
  • Hepatitis B (newly acquired or unspecified) - Routine

    Includes Hepatitis B (newly acquired) and Hepatitis B (unspecified)

    Notification requirements

    Medical practitioners

    When Routine – written notification within 5 day
    How Download the Notification of Hepatitis B form to post or fax to 1300 651170

    Pathology services

    When Routine - written notification within 5 days 
    How Fax the lab report to 1300 651170 or send by other authorised method

    More information

    Control guidelines Hepatitis B control guidelines
    Patient information Hepatitis B on the Better Health Channel
    Current alert/advisories No current alerts/advisories
  • Hepatitis C (newly acquired or unspecified) - Routine

    Includes Hepatitis C (newly acquired) and Hepatitis C (unspecified)

    Notification requirements

    Medical practitioners

    When Routine – written notification within 5 day
    How Download the Notification of Hepatitis C form to post or fax to 1300 651170

    Pathology services

    When Routine - written notification within 5 days 
    How Fax the lab report to 1300 651170 or send by other authorised method

    More information

    Control guidelines Hepatitis C control guidelines
    Patient information Hepatitis C on the Better Health Channel
    Current alert/advisories No current alerts/advisories
  • Hepatitis D - Routine

    Includes Hepatitis C (newly acquired) and Hepatitis C (unspecified)

    Notification requirements

    Medical practitioners

    When Routine – written notification within 5 day
    How Complete secure online form or download the Notifiable conditions form to post or fax to 1300 651170

    Pathology services

    When Routine - written notification within 5 days 
    How Fax the lab report to 1300 651170 or send by other authorised method

    More information

    Control guidelines Hepatitis D control guidelines
    Patient information Hepatitis D on the Better Health Channel
    Current alert/advisories No current alerts/advisories
  • Hepatitis E - Routine

    Notification requirements

    Medical practitioners

    When Routine – written notification within 5 day
    How Complete secure online form or download the Notifiable conditions form to post or fax to 1300 651170

    Pathology services

    When Routine - written notification within 5 days 
    How Fax the lab report to 1300 651170 or send by other authorised method

    More information

    Control guidelines Hepatitis E control guidelines
    Patient information Hepatitis E on the Better Health Channel
    Current alert/advisories No current alerts/advisories
  • Hepatitis (other viral) - Routine

    Notification requirements

    Medical practitioners

    When Not required
    How Not required

    Pathology services

    When Routine - written notification within 5 days 
    How Fax the lab report to 1300 651170 or send by other authorised method

    More information

    Control guidelines  
    Patient information  
    Current alert/advisories No current alerts/advisories
  • Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) infection - Routine

    Notification requirements

    Medical practitioners

    When Routine – written notification within 5 days
    How Download the Notification of HIV infection form to post or fax to 1300 651170

    Pathology services

    When Routine - written notification within 5 days 
    How Fax the coded lab report to 1300 651170 or send by other authorised method

    More information

    Control guidelines Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) control guidelines
    Patient information HIV on the Better Health Channel
    Current alert/advisories No current alerts/advisories
  • Influenza - Routine

    Notification requirements

    Medical practitioners

    When Not required
    How Not required

    Pathology services

    When Routine - written notification within 5 days 
    How Fax the lab report to 1300 651170 or send by other authorised method

    More information

    Control guidelines Influenza control guidelines
    Patient informatiion Flu (influenza) on the Better Health Channel
    Current alert/advisories No current alerts/advisories
  • Japanese encephalitis - Urgent

    Notification requirements

    Medical practitioners

    When Urgent – telephone 1300 651160 (24/7)
    How Telephone 1300 651160 (24/7) – after hours service available

    Pathology services

    When Urgent – telephone 1300 651160 (24/7) followed by written notification within 5 days
    How Telephone 1300 651160 (24/7) – after hours service available

    More information

    Control guidelines Japanese encephalitis virus control guidelines
    Patient information Mosquitos can carry diseases on the Better Health Channel
    Current alert/advisories No current alerts/advisories
  • Kunjin virus infection - Routine

    Notification requirements

    Medical practitioners

    When Not required – See West Nile/Kunjin virus
    How Not required – See West Nile/Kunjin virus

    Pathology services

    When Routine - written notification within 5 days 
    How Fax the lab report to 1300 651170 or send by other authorised method

    More information

    Control guidelines West Nile virus and Kunjin virus disease control guidelines
    Patient information Mosquitos can carry diseases on the Better Health Channel
    Current alert/advisories No current alerts/advisories
  • Lead
    see Blood lead 
  • Legionellosis - Urgent

    Notification requirements

    Medical practitioners

    When Urgent – telephone 1300 651160 (24/7)
    How Telephone 1300 651160 (24/7) – after hours service available

    Pathology services

    When Urgent – telephone 1300 651160 (24/7) followed by written notification within 5 days
    How Telephone 1300 651160 (24/7) – after hours service available

    More information

    Control guidelines Legionellosis (Legionnaires’ disease) control guidelines
    Patient information Legionnaires' disease on the Better Health Channel
    Current alert/advisories No current alerts/advisories
  • Leprosy - Routine

    Notification requirements

    Medical practitioners

    When Routine – written notification within 5 days
    How Complete secure online form or download the Notifiable conditions form to post or fax to 1300 651170

    Pathology services

    When Routine - written notification within 5 days 
    How Fax the lab report to 1300 651170 or send by other authorised method

    More information

    Control guidelines Leprosy (Hansen's disease) control guidelines
    Patient information Leprosy (Hansen’s disease) on the Better Health Channel
    Current alert/advisories No current alerts/advisories
  • Leptospirosis - Routine

    Notification requirements

    Medical practitioners

    When Not required
    How Not required

    Pathology services

    When Routine - written notification within 5 days 
    How Fax the lab report to 1300 651170 or send by other authorised method

    More information

    Control guidelines Leptospirosis control guidelines
    Patient information Leptospirosis on the Better Health Channel
    Current alert/advisories No current alerts/advisories
  • Listeriosis - Urgent

    Notification requirements

    Medical practitioners

    When Urgent – telephone 1300 651160 (24/7)
    How Telephone 1300 651160 (24/7) – after hours service available

    Pathology services

    When Urgent – telephone 1300 651160 (24/7) followed by written notification within 5 days
    How Telephone 1300 651160 (24/7) – after hours service available

    More information

    Control guidelines Listeriosis control guidelines
    Patient information Food poisoning - listeria on the Better Health Channel
    Current alert/advisories No current alerts/advisories
  • Lyssavirus-Australian Bat lyssavirus - Routine

    Notification requirements

    Medical practitioners

    When Routine – written notification within 5 days
    How Complete secure online form or download the Notifiable conditions form to post or fax to 1300 651170

    Pathology services

    When Routine - written notification within 5 days 
    How Fax the lab report to 1300 651170 or send by other authorised method

    More information

    Control guidelines Rabies and Australian bat lyssavirus control guidelines
    Patient information Australian bat lyssavirus (ABLV) on the Better Health Channel
    Current alert/advisories No current alerts/advisories
  • Lyssavirus-other (specify) - Routine

    Notification requirements

    Medical practitioners

    When Routine – written notification within 5 days
    How Complete secure online form or download the Notifiable conditions form to post or fax to 1300 651170

    Pathology services

    When Routine - written notification within 5 days 
    How Fax the lab report to 1300 651170 or send by other authorised method

    More information

    Control guidelines Rabies and Australian bat lyssavirus control guidelines
    Patient information Australian bat lyssavirus (ABLV) on the Better Health Channel
    Current alert/advisories No current alerts/advisories
  • Malaria - Routine

    Notification requirements

    Medical practitioners

    When Routine – written notification within 5 days
    How Complete secure online form or download the Notification of Malaria form to post or fax to 1300 651170

    Pathology services

    When Routine - written notification within 5 days 
    How Fax the lab report to 1300 651170 or send by other authorised method

    More information

    Control guidelines Malaria control guidelines
    Patient information Malaria  on the Better Health Channel
    Current alert/advisories No current alerts/advisories
  • Measles - Urgent

    Notification requirements

    Medical practitioners

    When Urgent – telephone 1300 651160 (24/7)
    How Telephone 1300 651160 (24/7) – after hours service available

    Pathology services

    When Urgent – telephone 1300 651160 (24/7) followed by written notification within 5 days
    How Telephone 1300 651160 (24/7) – after hours service available

    More information

    Control guidelines Measles control guidelines
    Patient information Measles on the Better Health Channel
    Current alert/advisories No current alerts/advisories
  • Meningococcal infection (invasive) - Urgent

    Notification requirements

    Medical practitioners

    When Urgent – telephone 1300 651160 (24/7)
    How Telephone 1300 651160 (24/7) – after hours service available

    Pathology services

    When Urgent – telephone 1300 651160 (24/7) followed by written notification within 5 days
    How Telephone 1300 651160 (24/7) – after hours service available

    More information

    Control guidelines Meningococcal disease control guidelines
    Patient information Meningococcal disease on the Better Health Channel
    Current alert/advisories No current alerts/advisories
  • Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) - Urgent

    Notification requirements

    Medical practitioners

    When Urgent – telephone 1300 651160 (24/7)
    How Telephone 1300 651160 (24/7) – after hours service available

    Pathology services

    When Urgent – telephone 1300 651160 (24/7) followed by written notification within 5 days
    How Telephone 1300 651160 (24/7) – after hours service available

    More information

    Control guidelines  
    Patient information
    Current alert/advisories No current alerts/advisories
  • Mumps - Routine

    Notification requirements

    Medical practitioners

    When Routine – written notification within 5 days
    How Complete secure online form or download the Notification of Mumps form to post or fax to 1300 651170

    Pathology services

    When Routine - written notification within 5 days 
    How Fax the lab report to 1300 651170 or send by other authorised method

    More information

    Control guidelines Mumps control guidelines
    Patient information Mumps on the Better Health Channel
    Current alert/advisories No current alerts/advisories
  • Murray Valley encephalitis virus infection - Urgent

    Notification requirements

    Medical practitioners

    When Urgent – telephone 1300 651160 (24/7)
    How Telephone 1300 651160 (24/7) – after hours service available

    Pathology services

    When Urgent – telephone 1300 651160 (24/7) followed by written notification within 5 days
    How Telephone 1300 651160 (24/7) – after hours service available

    More information

    Control guidelines Murray Valley encephalitis control guidelines
    Patient information Murray Valley encephalitis on the Better Health Channel
    Current alert/advisories No current alerts/advisories
  • Mycobacterium ulcerans (Buruli ulcer) - Routine

    Notification requirements

    Medical practitioners

    When Routine – written notification within 5 days
    How Complete secure online form or download the Notification of Mycobacterium ulcerans form to post or fax to 1300 651170

    Pathology services

    When Routine - written notification within 5 days 
    How Fax the lab report to 1300 651170 or send by other authorised method

    More information

    Control guidelines Mycobacterium ulcerans infection control guidelines
    Patient information Buruli ulcer on the Better Health Channel
    Current alert/advisories No current alerts/advisories
  • Novel coronavirus 2019 (2019-nCoV) / COVID-19 - Urgent

    Notification requirements

    Medical practitioners

    When Urgent – telephone 1300 651160 (24/7)
    How Telephone 1300 651160 (24/7) – after hours service available

    Pathology services

    When Urgent – telephone 1300 651160 (24/7) followed by written notification within 5 days
    How Telephone 1300 651160 (24/7) – after hours service available

    More information

    Control guidelines Information for health services and general practitioners on the Department of Health and Human Services (DHS) website
    Patient information Information for the public on the DHHS website.
    Current alert/advisories Incidents and emergencies on the DHHS website.

  • Paratyphoid - Urgent

    Notification requirements

    Medical practitioners

    When Urgent – telephone 1300 651160 (24/7)
    How Telephone 1300 651160 (24/7) – after hours service available

    Pathology services

    When Urgent – telephone 1300 651160 (24/7) followed by written notification within 5 days
    How Telephone 1300 651160 (24/7) – after hours service available

    More information

    Control guidelines Typhoid and paratyphoid control guidelines
    Patient information Typhoid and paratyphoid on the Better Health Channel
    Current alert/advisories No current alerts/advisories
  • Pertussis - Routine

    Notification requirements

    Medical practitioners

    When Routine – written notification within 5 days
    How Complete secure online form or download the Notifiable conditions form to post or fax to 1300 651170

    Pathology services

    When Routine - written notification within 5 days 
    How Fax the lab report to 1300 651170 or send by other authorised method

    More information

    Control guidelines Pertussis (whooping cough) control guidelines
    Patient information Whooping cough on the Better Health Channel
    Current alert/advisories No current alerts/advisories
  • Plague - Urgent

    Notification requirements

    Medical practitioners

    When Urgent – telephone 1300 651160 (24/7)
    How Telephone 1300 651160 (24/7) – after hours service available

    Pathology services

    When Urgent – telephone 1300 651160 (24/7) followed by written notification within 5 days
    How Telephone 1300 651160 (24/7) – after hours service available

    More information

    Control guidelines Plague control guidelines
    Patient information  
    Current alert/advisories No current alerts/advisories
  • Pneumococcal infection (invasive) - Routine

    Notification requirements

    Medical practitioners

    When Routine – written notification within 5 days
    How Complete secure online form or download the Notification of Pneumococcal Infection form to post or fax to 1300 651170

    Pathology services

    When Routine - written notification within 5 days 
    How Fax the lab report to 1300 651170 or send by other authorised method

    More information

    Control guidelines Invasive pneumococcal disease control guidelines
    Patient information Pneumococcal disease  on the Better Health Channel
    Current alert/advisories No current alerts/advisories
  • Poliovirus infection - Urgent

    Notification requirements

    Medical practitioners

    When Urgent – telephone 1300 651160 (24/7)
    How Telephone 1300 651160 (24/7) – after hours service available

    Pathology services

    When Urgent – telephone 1300 651160 (24/7) followed by written notification within 5 days
    How Telephone 1300 651160 (24/7) – after hours service available

    More information

    Control guidelines Poliomyelitis control guidelines
    Patient information Polio and post-polio syndrome on the Better Health Channel
    Current alert/advisories No current alerts/advisories
  • Psittacosis (ornithosis) - Routine

    Notification requirements

    Medical practitioners

    When Not required
    How Not required

    Pathology services

    When Routine - written notification within 5 days 
    How Fax the lab report to 1300 651170 or send by other authorised method

    More information

    Control guidelines Psittacosis (ornithosis, parrot fever) control guidelines
    Patient information Psittacosis – parrot fever on the Better Health Channel
    Current alert/advisories No current alerts/advisories
  • Q Fever - Routine

    Notification requirements

    Medical practitioners

    When Routine – written notification within 5 days
    How Complete secure online form or download the Notification of Q fever form to post or fax to 1300 651170

    Pathology services

    When Routine - written notification within 5 days 
    How Fax the lab report to 1300 651170 or send by other authorised method

    More information

    Control guidelines Q fever control guidelines
    Patient information Q fever on the Better Health Channel
    Current alert/advisories No current alerts/advisories
  • Rabies - Urgent

    Notification requirements

    Medical practitioners

    When Urgent – telephone 1300 651160 (24/7)
    How Telephone 1300 651160 (24/7) – after hours service available

    Pathology services

    When Urgent – telephone 1300 651160 (24/7) followed by written notification within 5 days
    How Telephone 1300 651160 (24/7) – after hours service available

    More information

    Control guidelines Rabies and Australian bat lyssavirus control guidelines
    Patient information
    Current alert/advisories No current alerts/advisories
  • Ross River virus infection - Routine

    Notification requirements

    Medical practitioners

    When Not required
    How Not required

    Pathology services

    When Routine - written notification within 5 days 
    How Fax the lab report to 1300 651170 or send by other authorised method

    More information

    Control guidelines Ross River virus disease control guidelines
    Patient information Ross River virus disease  on the Better Health Channel
    Current alert/advisories No current alerts/advisories
  • Rotavirus infection - Routine

    Notification requirements

    Medical practitioners

    When Not required
    How Not required

    Pathology services

    When Routine - written notification within 5 days 
    How Fax the lab report to 1300 651170 or send by other authorised method

    More information

    Control guidelines Rotavirus control guidelines
    Patient information Rotavirus on the Better Health Channel
    Current alert/advisories No current alerts/advisories
  • Rubella - Routine

    Notification requirements

    Medical practitioners

    When Routine – written notification within 5 days
    How

    Complete secure online form or download the Notification of Rubella form to post or fax to 1300 651170

    Congenital rubella: Complete secure online form or download the Notification of Rubella form to post or fax to 1300 651170

    Pathology services

    When Routine - written notification within 5 days 
    How Fax the lab report to 1300 651170 or send by other authorised method

    More information

    Control guidelines Rubella (German measles) control guidelines
    Patient information Rubella on the Better Health Channel
    Current alert/advisories No current alerts/advisories
  • Salmonellosis - Routine

    Notification requirements

    Medical practitioners

    When Routine – written notification within 5 days
    How Complete secure online form or download the Notifiable conditions form to post or fax to 1300 651170

    Pathology services

    When Routine - written notification within 5 days 
    How Fax the lab report to 1300 651170 or send by other authorised method

    More information

    Control guidelines Salmonellosis control guidelines
    Patient information Gastroenteritis - salmonellosis on the Better Health Channel
    Current alert/advisories No current alerts/advisories
  • Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) - Urgent

    Notification requirements

    Medical practitioners

    When Urgent – telephone 1300 651160 (24/7)
    How Telephone 1300 651160 (24/7) – after hours service available

    Pathology services

    When Urgent – telephone 1300 651160 (24/7) followed by written notification within 5 days
    How Telephone 1300 651160 (24/7) – after hours service available

    More information

    Control guidelines Severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) control guidelines
    Patient information Severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) on the Better Health Channel
    Current alert/advisories No current alerts/advisories
  • Shigatoxin and verotoxin producing Escherichia coli (STEC/VTEC) - Routine

    Notification requirements

    Medical practitioners

    When Routine – written notification within 5 days
    How Complete secure online form or download the Notifiable conditions form to post or fax to 1300 651170

    Pathology services

    When Routine - written notification within 5 days 
    How Fax the lab report to 1300 651170 or send by other authorised method

    More information

    Control guidelines Verotoxin-producing E. coli (VTEC) control guidelines
    Patient information Shiga toxin-producing E.coli on the Better Health Channel
    Current alert/advisories No current alerts/advisories
  • Shigellosis - Routine

    Notification requirements

    Medical practitioners

    When Routine – written notification within 5 days
    How Complete secure online form or download the Notification of Shigellosis form to post or fax to 1300 651170

    Pathology services

    When Routine - written notification within 5 days 
    How Fax the lab report to 1300 651170 or send by other authorised method

    More information

    Control guidelines Shigellosis control guidelines
    Patient information Gastroenteritis - shigella on the Better Health Channel
    Current alert/advisories No current alerts/advisories
  • Smallpox - Urgent

    Notification requirements

    Medical practitioners

    When Urgent – telephone 1300 651160 (24/7)
    How Telephone 1300 651160 (24/7) – after hours service available

    Pathology services

    When Urgent – telephone 1300 651160 (24/7) followed by written notification within 5 days
    How Telephone 1300 651160 (24/7) – after hours service available

    More information

    Control guidelines Smallpox (variola) control guidelines
    Patient information Smallpox on the Better Health Channel
    Current alert/advisories No current alerts/advisories
  • Syphilis - Routine
    Includes Syphilis (2 years or more duration or unspecified), Syphilis (less than 2 years duration) and Syphilis - Congenital syphilis

    Notification requirements

    Medical practitioners

    When Routine – written notification within 5 days
    How

    Syphilis (2 years or more duration or unspecified): Complete secure online form or download the Notification of Syphilis form to post or fax to 1300 651170

    Syphilis (less than 2 years duration): Complete secure online form or download the Notification of Syphilis form to post or fax to 1300 651170

    Syphilis - Congenital syphilis: Complete secure online form or download the Notification of Syphilis form to post or fax to 1300 651170

    Case classification help

    Syphilis (2 years or more duration or unspecified) - Early infection acquired within the last 2 years (infectious syphilis)

    Primary

    Clinical: One or more ano-genital ulcers (chancre) present which may vary in appearance. May be in an occult site (e.g. rectal or perivaginal).
    Laboratory: Serology may still be negative very early on. Repeat serology is recommended. Usually EIA, TPPA, TPHA and RPR will be positive. Presence of IgM can be a strong indicator for early infection. Swab from lesion likely to be PCR+. Demonstration of spirochaetes by dark field microscopy.

    Secondary

    Clinical: Skin spots or rash, particularly on the trunk, palms and soles. Symptoms that can be present include generalised lymphadenopathy, constitutional symptoms, neurological symptoms (especially in HIV+ cases), elevated liver function tests. Primary chancre can still be present.
    Laboratory: Serology is positive (+EIA, +TTPA, +TPHA). Usually +IgM. RPR is reactive (titre usually > 1:4)

    Early latent

    Clinical: No symptoms of syphilis. No history of adequate treatment.
    Laboratory: Serology is positive (+EIA, +TTPA, +TPHA). IgM may be negative. RPR is reactive.

    Syphilis (less than 2 years duration) - Late infection acquired more than 2 years ago or at an unknown time (non-infectious)

    Late latent

    Clinical: No symptoms of syphilis.
    Laboratory: Serology is positive (+EIA, +TTPA,+TPHA). RPR may still be reactive.

    Tertiary

    Clinical: Characteristic abnormalities of the cardiovascular, skin, bone, brain or other system.
    Laboratory: Seek expert advice.

    Syphilis - Congenital syphilis - A condition affecting an infant whose mother had untreated or inadequately treated syphilis during pregnancy or delivery. A positive CSF VDRL is confirmatory.

     

    Pathology services

    When Routine - written notification within 5 days 
    How Fax the lab report to 1300 651170 or send by other authorised method

    More information

    Control guidelines Syphilis control guidelines
    Patient information Syphilis on the Better Health Channel
    Current alert/advisories No current alerts/advisories
  • Tetanus - Routine

    Notification requirements

    Medical practitioners

    When Routine – written notification within 5 days
    How Complete secure online form or download the Notifiable conditions form to post or fax to 1300 651170

    Pathology services

    When Routine - written notification within 5 days 
    How Fax the lab report to 1300 651170 or send by other authorised method

    More information

    Control guidelines Tetanus control guidelines
    Patient information Tetanus on the Better Health Channel
    Current alert/advisories No current alerts/advisories
  • Tuberculosis - Routine

    Notification requirements

    Medical practitioners

    When Routine – written notification within 5 days
    How Download the Notification of Tuberculosis form to post or fax to 1300 651170

    Pathology services

    When Routine - written notification within 5 days 
    How Fax the lab report to 1300 651170 or send by other authorised method

    More information

    Control guidelines Mycobacterial infections (tuberculosis) control guidelines
    Patient information Tuberculosis (TB) on the Better Health Channel
    Current alert/advisories No current alerts/advisories
  • Tularaemia - Urgent

    Notification requirements

    Medical practitioners

    When Urgent – telephone 1300 651160 (24/7)
    How Telephone 1300 651160 (24/7) – after hours service available

    Pathology services

    When Urgent – telephone 1300 651160 (24/7) followed by written notification within 5 days
    How Telephone 1300 651160 (24/7) – after hours service available

    More information

    Control guidelines
    Patient information
    Current alert/advisories No current alerts/advisories
  • Typhoid - Urgent

    Notification requirements

    Medical practitioners

    When Urgent – telephone 1300 651160 (24/7)
    How Telephone 1300 651160 (24/7) – after hours service available

    Pathology services

    When Urgent – telephone 1300 651160 (24/7) followed by written notification within 5 days
    How Telephone 1300 651160 (24/7) – after hours service available

    More information

    Control guidelines Typhoid and paratyphoid control guidelines
    Patient information Typhoid and paratyphoid on the Better Health Channel
    Current alert/advisories No current alerts/advisories
  • VanA-type vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus (VRE) - Routine

    Notification requirements

    Medical practitioners

    When Not required
    How Not required

    Pathology services

    When Routine - written notification within 5 days 
    How Fax the lab report to 1300 651170 or send by other authorised method

    More information

    Control guidelines Infection control guidelines
    Patient information Preventing healthcare associated infection (HAI) on the Better Health Channel
    Current alert/advisories No current alerts/advisories
  • Varicella zoster infection - Routine

    Notification requirements

    Medical practitioners

    When Not required (see Chicken pox and Shingles)
    How Not required

    Pathology services

    When Routine - written notification within 5 days 
    How Fax the lab report to 1300 651170 or send by other authorised method

    More information

    Control guidelines Chickenpox and shingles (varicella / herpes zoster) control guidelines
    Patient information See chickenpox and shingles
    Current alert/advisories No current alerts/advisories
  • Varicella zoster infection (chickenpox) - Routine

    Notification requirements

    Medical practitioners

    When Routine – written notification within 5 days)
    How Complete secure online form or download the Notifiable conditions form to post or fax to 1300 651170

    Pathology services

    When Not required (see Varicella zoster infection)
    How Not required

    More information

    Control guidelines Chickenpox and shingles (varicella / herpes zoster) control guidelines
    Patient information Chickenpox on the Better Health Channel
    Current alert/advisories No current alerts/advisories
  • Varicella zoster infection (shingles) - Routine

    Notification requirements

    Medical practitioners

    When Routine – written notification within 5 days)
    How Complete secure online form or download the Notifiable conditions form to post or fax to 1300 651170

    Pathology services

    When Not required (see Varicella zoster infection)
    How Not required

    More information

    Control guidelines Chickenpox and shingles (varicella / herpes zoster) control guidelines
    Patient information Shingles on the Better Health Channel
    Current alert/advisories No current alerts/advisories
  • Viral haemorrhagic fevers - Urgent

    Notification requirements

    Medical practitioners

    When Urgent – telephone 1300 651160 (24/7)
    How Telephone 1300 651160 (24/7) – after hours service available

    Pathology services

    When Urgent – telephone 1300 651160 (24/7) followed by written notification within 5 days
    How Telephone 1300 651160 (24/7) – after hours service available

    More information

    Control guidelines Viral haemorrhagic fevers control guidelines
    Patient information Viral haemorrhagic fever on the Better Health Channel
    Current alert/advisories No current alerts/advisories
  • West Nile/Kunjin virus infection - Routine

    Notification requirements

    Medical practitioners

    When Not required
    How Not required

    Pathology services

    When Not required (see Kunjin virus infection)
    How Not required

    More information

    Control guidelines West Nile virus and Kunjin virus disease control guidelines
    Patient information Mosquitos can carry diseases on the Better Health Channel
    Current alert/advisories No current alerts/advisories
  • Yellow fever - Urgent

    Notification requirements

    Medical practitioners

    When Urgent – telephone 1300 651160 (24/7)
    How Telephone 1300 651160 (24/7) – after hours service available

    Pathology services

    When Urgent – telephone 1300 651160 (24/7) followed by written notification within 5 days
    How Telephone 1300 651160 (24/7) – after hours service available

    More information

    Control guidelines Yellow fever control guidelines
    Patient information Travel health - yellow fever immunisation on the Better Health Channel
    Current alert/advisories No current alerts/advisories
Please note: 
  • Reference to coded information - to preclude identification of the patient, coded information is provided for this condition. See Notification procedures.
  • Reference to authorised method - laboratories may send reports via Australia Post to 'Department of Health and Human Services, Reply Paid 65937, Melbourne VIC 8060' (no stamp required) or via an established electronic reporting channel.

Notify a micro-organism detection/isolation in food or water

Applies to: Laboratory services and proprietors of food premises or food vending machines (FP/FVM)

Expand a micro-organism below to see the notifications requirements, links to notify now and further information.

 

Notify a micro-organism detection/isolation in food or water now

  • Campylobacter spp. - Urgent

    Laboratory services

    When

    Food: Urgent notification by telephone to the department's Food Safety Unit on 1300 364 352 when a notifiable micro-organism is isolated or detected as soon as practicable and within 24 hours. Written notification must follow within 1 day to the Food Safety Unit at notifications@dhhs.vic.gov.au.

    Water: Urgent notification by telephone to the department’s Water Unit on 1300 761 874 when a notifiable micro-organism is isolated or detected as soon as practicable and within 24 hours. Written notification must follow within 1 day to the Water Unit at water@dhhs.vic.gov.au.

    How Food: Urgent notification by telephone to the department’s Food Safety Unit on 1300 364 352 when a notifiable micro-organism is isolated or detected as soon as practicable and within 24 hours. Written notification must follow within 1 day to the Food Safety Unit at notifications@dhhs.vic.gov.au. Download the Notifiable micro-organisms form
    Water: Urgent notification by telephone to the department’s Water Unit on 1300 761 874 when a notifiable micro-organism is isolated or detected as soon as practicable and within 24 hours. Written notification must follow within 1 day to the Water Unit at water@dhhs.vic.gov.au. Download the Notifiable micro-organisms form

    Proprietors of food premises or food vending machines 

    When

    Food: Urgent notification by telephone to the department's Food Safety Unit on 1300 364 352 when a notifiable micro-organism is isolated or detected as soon as practicable and within 24 hours. Written notification must follow within 1 day to the Food Safety Unit at notifications@dhhs.vic.gov.au.

    Water: Urgent notification by telephone to the department’s Water Unit on 1300 761 874 when a notifiable micro-organism is isolated or detected as soon as practicable and within 24 hours. Written notification must follow within 1 day to the Water Unit at water@dhhs.vic.gov.au.

    How Food: Urgent notification by telephone to the department’s Food Safety Unit on 1300 364 352 when a notifiable micro-organism is isolated or detected as soon as practicable and within 24 hours. Written notification must follow within 1 day to the Food Safety Unit at notifications@dhhs.vic.gov.au. Download the Notifiable micro-organisms form
    Water: Urgent notification by telephone to the department’s Water Unit on 1300 761 874 when a notifiable micro-organism is isolated or detected as soon as practicable and within 24 hours. Written notification must follow within 1 day to the Water Unit at water@dhhs.vic.gov.au. Download the Notifiable micro-organisms form

    More information

    Food safety

    Water quality

  • Cryptosporidium spp. - Urgent

    Laboratory services

    When

    Food: Urgent notification by telephone to the department's Food Safety Unit on 1300 364 352 when a notifiable micro-organism is isolated or detected as soon as practicable and within 24 hours. Written notification must follow within 1 day to the Food Safety Unit at notifications@dhhs.vic.gov.au.

    Water: Urgent notification by telephone to the department’s Water Unit on 1300 761 874 when a notifiable micro-organism is isolated or detected as soon as practicable and within 24 hours. Written notification must follow within 1 day to the Water Unit at water@dhhs.vic.gov.au.

    How Food: Urgent notification by telephone to the department’s Food Safety Unit on 1300 364 352 when a notifiable micro-organism is isolated or detected as soon as practicable and within 24 hours. Written notification must follow within 1 day to the Food Safety Unit at notifications@dhhs.vic.gov.au. Download the Notifiable micro-organisms form
    Water: Urgent notification by telephone to the department’s Water Unit on 1300 761 874 when a notifiable micro-organism is isolated or detected as soon as practicable and within 24 hours. Written notification must follow within 1 day to the Water Unit at water@dhhs.vic.gov.au. Download the Notifiable micro-organisms form

    Proprietors of food premises or food vending machines 

    When

    Food: Urgent notification by telephone to the department's Food Safety Unit on 1300 364 352 when a notifiable micro-organism is isolated or detected as soon as practicable and within 24 hours. Written notification must follow within 1 day to the Food Safety Unit at notifications@dhhs.vic.gov.au.

    Water: Urgent notification by telephone to the department’s Water Unit on 1300 761 874 when a notifiable micro-organism is isolated or detected as soon as practicable and within 24 hours. Written notification must follow within 1 day to the Water Unit at water@dhhs.vic.gov.au.

    How Food: Urgent notification by telephone to the department’s Food Safety Unit on 1300 364 352 when a notifiable micro-organism is isolated or detected as soon as practicable and within 24 hours. Written notification must follow within 1 day to the Food Safety Unit at notifications@dhhs.vic.gov.au. Download the Notifiable micro-organisms form
    Water: Urgent notification by telephone to the department’s Water Unit on 1300 761 874 when a notifiable micro-organism is isolated or detected as soon as practicable and within 24 hours. Written notification must follow within 1 day to the Water Unit at water@dhhs.vic.gov.au. Download the Notifiable micro-organisms form

    More information

    Food safety

    Water quality

  • Cyclospora spp. - Urgent

    Laboratory services

    When

    Food: Urgent notification by telephone to the department's Food Safety Unit on 1300 364 352 when a notifiable micro-organism is isolated or detected as soon as practicable and within 24 hours. Written notification must follow within 1 day to the Food Safety Unit at notifications@dhhs.vic.gov.au.

    Water: Urgent notification by telephone to the department’s Water Unit on 1300 761 874 when a notifiable micro-organism is isolated or detected as soon as practicable and within 24 hours. Written notification must follow within 1 day to the Water Unit at water@dhhs.vic.gov.au.

    How Food: Urgent notification by telephone to the department’s Food Safety Unit on 1300 364 352 when a notifiable micro-organism is isolated or detected as soon as practicable and within 24 hours. Written notification must follow within 1 day to the Food Safety Unit at notifications@dhhs.vic.gov.au. Download the Notifiable micro-organisms form
    Water: Urgent notification by telephone to the department’s Water Unit on 1300 761 874 when a notifiable micro-organism is isolated or detected as soon as practicable and within 24 hours. Written notification must follow within 1 day to the Water Unit at water@dhhs.vic.gov.au. Download the Notifiable micro-organisms form

    Proprietors of food premises or food vending machines 

    When

    Food: Urgent notification by telephone to the department's Food Safety Unit on 1300 364 352 when a notifiable micro-organism is isolated or detected as soon as practicable and within 24 hours. Written notification must follow within 1 day to the Food Safety Unit at notifications@dhhs.vic.gov.au.

    Water: Urgent notification by telephone to the department’s Water Unit on 1300 761 874 when a notifiable micro-organism is isolated or detected as soon as practicable and within 24 hours. Written notification must follow within 1 day to the Water Unit at water@dhhs.vic.gov.au.

    How Food: Urgent notification by telephone to the department’s Food Safety Unit on 1300 364 352 when a notifiable micro-organism is isolated or detected as soon as practicable and within 24 hours. Written notification must follow within 1 day to the Food Safety Unit at notifications@dhhs.vic.gov.au. Download the Notifiable micro-organisms form
    Water: Urgent notification by telephone to the department’s Water Unit on 1300 761 874 when a notifiable micro-organism is isolated or detected as soon as practicable and within 24 hours. Written notification must follow within 1 day to the Water Unit at water@dhhs.vic.gov.au. Download the Notifiable micro-organisms form

    More information

    Food safety

    Water quality

  • Giardia cysts - Urgent

    Laboratory services

    When

    Food: Urgent notification by telephone to the department's Food Safety Unit on 1300 364 352 when a notifiable micro-organism is isolated or detected as soon as practicable and within 24 hours. Written notification must follow within 1 day to the Food Safety Unit at notifications@dhhs.vic.gov.au.

    Water: Urgent notification by telephone to the department’s Water Unit on 1300 761 874 when a notifiable micro-organism is isolated or detected as soon as practicable and within 24 hours. Written notification must follow within 1 day to the Water Unit at water@dhhs.vic.gov.au.

    How Food: Urgent notification by telephone to the department’s Food Safety Unit on 1300 364 352 when a notifiable micro-organism is isolated or detected as soon as practicable and within 24 hours. Written notification must follow within 1 day to the Food Safety Unit at notifications@dhhs.vic.gov.au. Download the Notifiable micro-organisms form
    Water: Urgent notification by telephone to the department’s Water Unit on 1300 761 874 when a notifiable micro-organism is isolated or detected as soon as practicable and within 24 hours. Written notification must follow within 1 day to the Water Unit at water@dhhs.vic.gov.au. Download the Notifiable micro-organisms form

    Proprietors of food premises or food vending machines 

    When

    Food: Urgent notification by telephone to the department's Food Safety Unit on 1300 364 352 when a notifiable micro-organism is isolated or detected as soon as practicable and within 24 hours. Written notification must follow within 1 day to the Food Safety Unit at notifications@dhhs.vic.gov.au.

    Water: Urgent notification by telephone to the department’s Water Unit on 1300 761 874 when a notifiable micro-organism is isolated or detected as soon as practicable and within 24 hours. Written notification must follow within 1 day to the Water Unit at water@dhhs.vic.gov.au.

    How Food: Urgent notification by telephone to the department’s Food Safety Unit on 1300 364 352 when a notifiable micro-organism is isolated or detected as soon as practicable and within 24 hours. Written notification must follow within 1 day to the Food Safety Unit at notifications@dhhs.vic.gov.au. Download the Notifiable micro-organisms form
    Water: Urgent notification by telephone to the department’s Water Unit on 1300 761 874 when a notifiable micro-organism is isolated or detected as soon as practicable and within 24 hours. Written notification must follow within 1 day to the Water Unit at water@dhhs.vic.gov.au. Download the Notifiable micro-organisms form

    More information

    Food safety

    Water quality

  • Hepatitis A - Urgent

    Laboratory services

    When

    Food: Urgent notification by telephone to the department's Food Safety Unit on 1300 364 352 when a notifiable micro-organism is isolated or detected as soon as practicable and within 24 hours. Written notification must follow within 1 day to the Food Safety Unit at notifications@dhhs.vic.gov.au.

    Water: Urgent notification by telephone to the department’s Water Unit on 1300 761 874 when a notifiable micro-organism is isolated or detected as soon as practicable and within 24 hours. Written notification must follow within 1 day to the Water Unit at water@dhhs.vic.gov.au.

    How Food: Urgent notification by telephone to the department’s Food Safety Unit on 1300 364 352 when a notifiable micro-organism is isolated or detected as soon as practicable and within 24 hours. Written notification must follow within 1 day to the Food Safety Unit at notifications@dhhs.vic.gov.au. Download the Notifiable micro-organisms form
    Water: Urgent notification by telephone to the department’s Water Unit on 1300 761 874 when a notifiable micro-organism is isolated or detected as soon as practicable and within 24 hours. Written notification must follow within 1 day to the Water Unit at water@dhhs.vic.gov.au. Download the Notifiable micro-organisms form

    Proprietors of food premises or food vending machines 

    When

    Food: Urgent notification by telephone to the department's Food Safety Unit on 1300 364 352 when a notifiable micro-organism is isolated or detected as soon as practicable and within 24 hours. Written notification must follow within 1 day to the Food Safety Unit at notifications@dhhs.vic.gov.au.

    Water: Urgent notification by telephone to the department’s Water Unit on 1300 761 874 when a notifiable micro-organism is isolated or detected as soon as practicable and within 24 hours. Written notification must follow within 1 day to the Water Unit at water@dhhs.vic.gov.au.

    How Food: Urgent notification by telephone to the department’s Food Safety Unit on 1300 364 352 when a notifiable micro-organism is isolated or detected as soon as practicable and within 24 hours. Written notification must follow within 1 day to the Food Safety Unit at notifications@dhhs.vic.gov.au. Download the Notifiable micro-organisms form
    Water: Urgent notification by telephone to the department’s Water Unit on 1300 761 874 when a notifiable micro-organism is isolated or detected as soon as practicable and within 24 hours. Written notification must follow within 1 day to the Water Unit at water@dhhs.vic.gov.au. Download the Notifiable micro-organisms form

    More information

    Food safety

    Water quality

  • Listeria monocytogenes - Urgent

    Laboratory services

    When

    Food: Urgent notification by telephone to the department's Food Safety Unit on 1300 364 352 when a notifiable micro-organism is isolated or detected as soon as practicable and within 24 hours. Written notification must follow within 1 day to the Food Safety Unit at notifications@dhhs.vic.gov.au.

    Water: Urgent notification by telephone to the department’s Water Unit on 1300 761 874 when a notifiable micro-organism is isolated or detected as soon as practicable and within 24 hours. Written notification must follow within 1 day to the Water Unit at water@dhhs.vic.gov.au.

    How Food: Urgent notification by telephone to the department’s Food Safety Unit on 1300 364 352 when a notifiable micro-organism is isolated or detected as soon as practicable and within 24 hours. Written notification must follow within 1 day to the Food Safety Unit at notifications@dhhs.vic.gov.au. Download the Notifiable micro-organisms form
    Water: Urgent notification by telephone to the department’s Water Unit on 1300 761 874 when a notifiable micro-organism is isolated or detected as soon as practicable and within 24 hours. Written notification must follow within 1 day to the Water Unit at water@dhhs.vic.gov.au. Download the Notifiable micro-organisms form

    Proprietors of food premises or food vending machines 

    When

    Food: Urgent notification by telephone to the department's Food Safety Unit on 1300 364 352 when a notifiable micro-organism is isolated or detected as soon as practicable and within 24 hours. Written notification must follow within 1 day to the Food Safety Unit at notifications@dhhs.vic.gov.au.

    Water: Urgent notification by telephone to the department’s Water Unit on 1300 761 874 when a notifiable micro-organism is isolated or detected as soon as practicable and within 24 hours. Written notification must follow within 1 day to the Water Unit at water@dhhs.vic.gov.au.

    How Food: Urgent notification by telephone to the department’s Food Safety Unit on 1300 364 352 when a notifiable micro-organism is isolated or detected as soon as practicable and within 24 hours. Written notification must follow within 1 day to the Food Safety Unit at notifications@dhhs.vic.gov.au. Download the Notifiable micro-organisms form
    Water: Urgent notification by telephone to the department’s Water Unit on 1300 761 874 when a notifiable micro-organism is isolated or detected as soon as practicable and within 24 hours. Written notification must follow within 1 day to the Water Unit at water@dhhs.vic.gov.au. Download the Notifiable micro-organisms form

    More information

    Food safety

    Water quality

  • Norovirus - Urgent

    Laboratory services

    When

    Food: Urgent notification by telephone to the department's Food Safety Unit on 1300 364 352 when a notifiable micro-organism is isolated or detected as soon as practicable and within 24 hours. Written notification must follow within 1 day to the Food Safety Unit at notifications@dhhs.vic.gov.au.

    Water: Urgent notification by telephone to the department’s Water Unit on 1300 761 874 when a notifiable micro-organism is isolated or detected as soon as practicable and within 24 hours. Written notification must follow within 1 day to the Water Unit at water@dhhs.vic.gov.au.

    How Food: Urgent notification by telephone to the department’s Food Safety Unit on 1300 364 352 when a notifiable micro-organism is isolated or detected as soon as practicable and within 24 hours. Written notification must follow within 1 day to the Food Safety Unit at notifications@dhhs.vic.gov.au. Download the Notifiable micro-organisms form
    Water: Urgent notification by telephone to the department’s Water Unit on 1300 761 874 when a notifiable micro-organism is isolated or detected as soon as practicable and within 24 hours. Written notification must follow within 1 day to the Water Unit at water@dhhs.vic.gov.au. Download the Notifiable micro-organisms form

    Proprietors of food premises or food vending machines 

    When

    Food: Urgent notification by telephone to the department's Food Safety Unit on 1300 364 352 when a notifiable micro-organism is isolated or detected as soon as practicable and within 24 hours. Written notification must follow within 1 day to the Food Safety Unit at notifications@dhhs.vic.gov.au.

    Water: Urgent notification by telephone to the department’s Water Unit on 1300 761 874 when a notifiable micro-organism is isolated or detected as soon as practicable and within 24 hours. Written notification must follow within 1 day to the Water Unit at water@dhhs.vic.gov.au.

    How Food: Urgent notification by telephone to the department’s Food Safety Unit on 1300 364 352 when a notifiable micro-organism is isolated or detected as soon as practicable and within 24 hours. Written notification must follow within 1 day to the Food Safety Unit at notifications@dhhs.vic.gov.au. Download the Notifiable micro-organisms form
    Water: Urgent notification by telephone to the department’s Water Unit on 1300 761 874 when a notifiable micro-organism is isolated or detected as soon as practicable and within 24 hours. Written notification must follow within 1 day to the Water Unit at water@dhhs.vic.gov.au. Download the Notifiable micro-organisms form

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  • Salmonella spp. - Urgent

    Laboratory services

    When

    Food: Urgent notification by telephone to the department's Food Safety Unit on 1300 364 352 when a notifiable micro-organism is isolated or detected as soon as practicable and within 24 hours. Written notification must follow within 1 day to the Food Safety Unit at notifications@dhhs.vic.gov.au.

    Water: Urgent notification by telephone to the department’s Water Unit on 1300 761 874 when a notifiable micro-organism is isolated or detected as soon as practicable and within 24 hours. Written notification must follow within 1 day to the Water Unit at water@dhhs.vic.gov.au.

    How Food: Urgent notification by telephone to the department’s Food Safety Unit on 1300 364 352 when a notifiable micro-organism is isolated or detected as soon as practicable and within 24 hours. Written notification must follow within 1 day to the Food Safety Unit at notifications@dhhs.vic.gov.au. Download the Notifiable micro-organisms form
    Water: Urgent notification by telephone to the department’s Water Unit on 1300 761 874 when a notifiable micro-organism is isolated or detected as soon as practicable and within 24 hours. Written notification must follow within 1 day to the Water Unit at water@dhhs.vic.gov.au. Download the Notifiable micro-organisms form

    Proprietors of food premises or food vending machines 

    When

    Food: Urgent notification by telephone to the department's Food Safety Unit on 1300 364 352 when a notifiable micro-organism is isolated or detected as soon as practicable and within 24 hours. Written notification must follow within 1 day to the Food Safety Unit at notifications@dhhs.vic.gov.au.

    Water: Urgent notification by telephone to the department’s Water Unit on 1300 761 874 when a notifiable micro-organism is isolated or detected as soon as practicable and within 24 hours. Written notification must follow within 1 day to the Water Unit at water@dhhs.vic.gov.au.

    How Food: Urgent notification by telephone to the department’s Food Safety Unit on 1300 364 352 when a notifiable micro-organism is isolated or detected as soon as practicable and within 24 hours. Written notification must follow within 1 day to the Food Safety Unit at notifications@dhhs.vic.gov.au. Download the Notifiable micro-organisms form
    Water: Urgent notification by telephone to the department’s Water Unit on 1300 761 874 when a notifiable micro-organism is isolated or detected as soon as practicable and within 24 hours. Written notification must follow within 1 day to the Water Unit at water@dhhs.vic.gov.au. Download the Notifiable micro-organisms form

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  • Shigatoxin and verotoxin producing Escherichia coli (STEC/VTEC) - Urgent

    Laboratory services

    When

    Food: Urgent notification by telephone to the department's Food Safety Unit on 1300 364 352 when a notifiable micro-organism is isolated or detected as soon as practicable and within 24 hours. Written notification must follow within 1 day to the Food Safety Unit at notifications@dhhs.vic.gov.au.

    Water: Urgent notification by telephone to the department’s Water Unit on 1300 761 874 when a notifiable micro-organism is isolated or detected as soon as practicable and within 24 hours. Written notification must follow within 1 day to the Water Unit at water@dhhs.vic.gov.au.

    How Food: Urgent notification by telephone to the department’s Food Safety Unit on 1300 364 352 when a notifiable micro-organism is isolated or detected as soon as practicable and within 24 hours. Written notification must follow within 1 day to the Food Safety Unit at notifications@dhhs.vic.gov.au. Download the Notifiable micro-organisms form
    Water: Urgent notification by telephone to the department’s Water Unit on 1300 761 874 when a notifiable micro-organism is isolated or detected as soon as practicable and within 24 hours. Written notification must follow within 1 day to the Water Unit at water@dhhs.vic.gov.au. Download the Notifiable micro-organisms form

    Proprietors of food premises or food vending machines 

    When

    Food: Urgent notification by telephone to the department's Food Safety Unit on 1300 364 352 when a notifiable micro-organism is isolated or detected as soon as practicable and within 24 hours. Written notification must follow within 1 day to the Food Safety Unit at notifications@dhhs.vic.gov.au.

    Water: Urgent notification by telephone to the department’s Water Unit on 1300 761 874 when a notifiable micro-organism is isolated or detected as soon as practicable and within 24 hours. Written notification must follow within 1 day to the Water Unit at water@dhhs.vic.gov.au.

    How Food: Urgent notification by telephone to the department’s Food Safety Unit on 1300 364 352 when a notifiable micro-organism is isolated or detected as soon as practicable and within 24 hours. Written notification must follow within 1 day to the Food Safety Unit at notifications@dhhs.vic.gov.au. Download the Notifiable micro-organisms form
    Water: Urgent notification by telephone to the department’s Water Unit on 1300 761 874 when a notifiable micro-organism is isolated or detected as soon as practicable and within 24 hours. Written notification must follow within 1 day to the Water Unit at water@dhhs.vic.gov.au. Download the Notifiable micro-organisms form

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  • Vibrio spp. - Urgent

    Laboratory services

    When

    Food: Urgent notification by telephone to the department's Food Safety Unit on 1300 364 352 when a notifiable micro-organism is isolated or detected as soon as practicable and within 24 hours. Written notification must follow within 1 day to the Food Safety Unit at notifications@dhhs.vic.gov.au.

    Water: Urgent notification by telephone to the department’s Water Unit on 1300 761 874 when a notifiable micro-organism is isolated or detected as soon as practicable and within 24 hours. Written notification must follow within 1 day to the Water Unit at water@dhhs.vic.gov.au.

    How Food: Urgent notification by telephone to the department’s Food Safety Unit on 1300 364 352 when a notifiable micro-organism is isolated or detected as soon as practicable and within 24 hours. Written notification must follow within 1 day to the Food Safety Unit at notifications@dhhs.vic.gov.au. Download the Notifiable micro-organisms form
    Water: Urgent notification by telephone to the department’s Water Unit on 1300 761 874 when a notifiable micro-organism is isolated or detected as soon as practicable and within 24 hours. Written notification must follow within 1 day to the Water Unit at water@dhhs.vic.gov.au. Download the Notifiable micro-organisms form

    Proprietors of food premises or food vending machines 

    When

    Food: Urgent notification by telephone to the department's Food Safety Unit on 1300 364 352 when a notifiable micro-organism is isolated or detected as soon as practicable and within 24 hours. Written notification must follow within 1 day to the Food Safety Unit at notifications@dhhs.vic.gov.au.

    Water: Urgent notification by telephone to the department’s Water Unit on 1300 761 874 when a notifiable micro-organism is isolated or detected as soon as practicable and within 24 hours. Written notification must follow within 1 day to the Water Unit at water@dhhs.vic.gov.au.

    How Food: Urgent notification by telephone to the department’s Food Safety Unit on 1300 364 352 when a notifiable micro-organism is isolated or detected as soon as practicable and within 24 hours. Written notification must follow within 1 day to the Food Safety Unit at notifications@dhhs.vic.gov.au. Download the Notifiable micro-organisms form
    Water: Urgent notification by telephone to the department’s Water Unit on 1300 761 874 when a notifiable micro-organism is isolated or detected as soon as practicable and within 24 hours. Written notification must follow within 1 day to the Water Unit at water@dhhs.vic.gov.au. Download the Notifiable micro-organisms form

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About notifying infectious diseases, conditions and micro-organisms

The Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008 requires that prescribed conditions and micro-organisms are notified to the Department of Health and Human Services. For more information about notifying, see Notification procedures.

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.

The online notification forms are hosted by the Commonwealth Government's Department of Industry, Innovation and Science. The online forms allow you to save partially completed forms. The information you provide in these forms is protected and only visible by authorised staff within the department.

Important: conditions marked 'urgent' require notification to the department by telephone as soon as practicable, and in any case, no later than within 24 hours (contact details provided per condition or micro-organism above).

Urgent and emerging public health concerns

Section 55 of the Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008 provides the general authority for medical practitioners to provide the department with any case information that relates to an urgent or serious potential public health risk. Within this authority, medical practitioners are able to highlight at risk cases, or cases with an importance to public health that are only required to be notified by pathology services, such as those with high risk occupations. Examples may include a cluster of severe respiratory disease, a cluster of severe unexplained illness, or illness from suspected exposure to a serious hazard.

The authority provides an additional line of communication and much needed link between medical practitioners, as the day-to-day 'eyes and ears' of the Victorian health system, and the department. The authority may also be utilised for emerging conditions (identified by the Chief Health Officer or nationally) and increases the sensitivity of the Victorian surveillance system in an era of increasing emerging infections.

Please telephone the department on 1300 651160 (24/7) to speak to a public health officer about an urgent or emerging public health concern.