Legislation

All cooling tower systems are required to be registered with a government body specific to each state (except QLD & NT).

Cooling tower systems must comply with AS/NZS 3666.

Cooling Tower System Forms for Victoria can be found at http://www.health.vic.gov.au/legionella/forms.htm

Hydro Flow can help guide you through the registration, change of details, and decommissioning process.

 


STATE MICROBIOLOGICAL TESTING & NOTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS

Applicable Legislation

Authorities

CT Registration

Microbiological Testing

Legionella Notification

VIC

Refer to State Legislation Above

Department of Health

Yes

Dept Health

Routine testing for HCC (<200,000 cfu/ml) & Legionella (<10 cfu/ml) recommended by Department of Health Operational Program based on Risk Category within ‘Guidelines to Developing Risk Management Plans’ (pg.50). This includes HCC & Legionella testing & disinfection requirements per the Public Health & Wellbeing Regulations 2009 (Section 7; Items 49 to 64).

Third positive Legionella Detection must be reported to Department of Health

1300 767 469.

NSW

Refer to State Legislation Above

Local Council

NSW Health

Yes

Local Council

-Mandatory monthly HCC and Legionella testing by a NATA accredited laboratory.

-Testing and disinfection protocols must comply with AS 3666; disinfection/decontamination required when HCC ≥100,000 cfu/ml & Legionella ≥10 cfu/ml.

Test results where Legionella ≥1000cfu/ml and HCC ≥5,000,000cfu/ml HCC must be notified to the local government authority.

-Mandatory Risk Management Plan developed every five years or more frequently if required.

-Independent annual auditing of RMP and compliance with Regulations.

-Provision of certificates of RMP completion and audit completion to local government authority.

-Unique identification numbers assigned must be displayed on all cooling towers.

Local Government Authority to be notified when;

Legionella ≥1000cfu/ml

HCC ≥5,000,000cfu/ml

ACT

Refer to State Legislation Above

ACT Health

Yes

ACT Health

No legislated private testing requirement.

Monthly monitoring for HCC (<100,000 cfu/ml) & Legionella (<10 cfu/ml) recommended in ACT Code of Practice 2004.

ACT Health to be notified if Legionella ≥1000cfu/ml & HCC ≥5,000,000cfu/ml (per Code of Practice).

SA

Refer to State Legislation Above

Local Council

SA Health

Yes

Local Council

No legislated private testing requirement.

Local authority required to test for Legionella at least annually under Regulations 2013; Section 15.

Notify Local Council within 24 hours when Legionella ≥1000cfu/ml (per SA Regulations 2013); Local Council in turn must then notify SA Health within 24 hours.

QLD

Refer to State Legislation Above

Local Council

Queensland Health

Water Authority

No

No legislated private testing requirement.

Monthly testing of HCC (<100,000 cfu/ml) & 3 monthly Legionella (<10cfu/ml) testing recommended in the Guide 2013.

Legionella Detection Notification Form:

www.health.qld.gov.au/public-health/industry-environment/environment-land-water/water/risk-management/notify-legionella

From 1/02/2017, public hospitals with inpatients and private health facilities licensed under the Private Health Facilities Act 1999 are required to notify the Department of Health within 1 business day (using the Legionella Detection Notification Form) if the result of a prescribed test confirms the presence of Legionella in water used by the facility.

WA

Refer to State Legislation Above

Local Council

Yes

Local Council

No legislated private testing requirement.

Minimum monthly testing of HCC (<100,000 cfu/ml) & 3 monthly Legionella (<10cfu/ml) testing recommended in the Code of Practice 2010.

None.

TAS

Refer to State Legislation Above

Local Council

TAS Health

Yes

Local Council

Monthly HCC testing and 6 monthly Legionella testing, in accordance with AS/NZS 3666.3 (per Guidelines 2012 issued under the Public Health Act 1997).

None. Local Council prefer to be notified in the event of a positive Legionella detection, but it is not legislated.

The testing laboratory should notify TAS Health.

NT

Refer to State Legislation Above

None

No

None.

None.

Legionnaire’s Disease is a Group A notifiable condition which requires immediate notification to the Australian Government Department of Health 1300 651 160, followed by written notification within 5 days.

Reviewed August 2018