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Public Health Act 1997

ACT Government, Health Directorate Country Resources General Health Legislation Australian Capital Territory 6 August 2020 Legislation/regulation health service, health system, public health

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The Public Health Act commenced in October 1997. The latest republication (no.33) was in August 6 2020.

This Act must be construed and administered in accordance with the following objectives:
(a) the protection of the public from public health risks including those associated with facilities, equipment, products and activities not adequately controlled by another law of the Territory or a law of the Commonwealth
(b) through the monitoring of health indicators, to provide the public with information about the health of the population and to design and implement appropriate policies and programs for the maintenance and improvement of the population’s health
(c) the provision of a rapid response to public health risks
(d) the exercise of functions under this Act in a professional and responsible way
(e) the avoidance of any undue infringement of individual liberty and privacy in the exercise of functions under this Act.


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