The Public Health Act 2016 provides a flexible and proactive framework for the regulation of public health, with key features including:
New and modern law is needed to protect the health of Western Australians. The Health Act 1911 is limited in that it:
The Public Health Act 2016 provides a modern, flexible and proactive risk based framework for the regulation of public health.
Local governments are the recognised enforcement agency for public health matters within their jurisdiction.
Local governments delegate the power to enforce the Act to “authorised officers” (previously known as environmental health officers). Authorised officers are responsible for investigating any public health related matter.