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National Guidelines for Legionella Control – Health & Aged Care

The Guidelines have shifted the focus of Legionella risk management from warm water systems to the entire water distribution system of the facility (including incoming mains, all outlets, fire protection, irrigation and pools). The Guidelines do not apply to cooling towers, which are addressed at state and territory level.
The National Guidelines sit over each State’s regulatory framework providing “best practice” nonprescriptive guidance.


A state by state break down of legislation

The control measures in place throughout Australia have legislative backing, although the means of enactment varies from State to State. Each State’s regulatory framework was enacted prior to the release of the National Guidelines for Legionella. The State framework provides a mixture of both prescriptive requirements and non-prescriptive recommendations.

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Victoria

The National Guidelines for Legionella Control sit above the State’s regulatory framework providing “best practice” guidance to assess and manage the risks posed by the facility’s entire water distribution system.

Is there legislation?

Yes

Is a Risk Management Plan required?

Recommended

Is Legionella sampling required?

Recommended

Is corrective action required?

Mandatory

What are the applicable facilities?

Aged Care, Health Services, Health Service Establishments, Registered Funded Agencies, Correctional Services and Commercial Vehicle Washes

Government documentation

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New South Wales

The National Guidelines for Legionella Control sit above the State’s regulatory framework providing “best practice” guidance to assess and manage the risks posed by the facility’s entire water distribution system.

Is there legislation?

Yes

Is a Risk Management Plan required?

Recommended

Is Legionella sampling required?

Mandatory for all systems that deliver water to the outlet at ≤ 60C

Is corrective action required?

Mandatory

What are the applicable facilities?

Hospitals & Aged Care

Government documentation

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Australian Capital Territory

The National Guidelines for Legionella Control sit above the Territory’s regulatory framework providing “best practice” guidance to assess and manage the risks posed by the facility’s entire water distribution system.

Is there legislation?

Yes

Is a Risk Management Plan required?

Recommended

Is Legionella sampling required?

Mandatory

Is corrective action required?

Mandatory

What are the applicable facilities?

All Warm Water Systems

Government documentation

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Queensland

The National Guidelines for Legionella Control sit above the State’s regulatory framework providing “best practice” guidance to assess and manage the risks posed by the facility’s entire water distribution system. The Queensland legislation, whilst aligned, may in some instances stipulate stricter controls and must be consulted.

Is there legislation?

Yes

Is a Risk Management Plan required?

Yes

Is Legionella sampling required?

Yes

Is corrective action required?

Yes

What are the applicable facilities?

All hospital and aged care facilities

Government documentation

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South Australia

The National Guidelines for Legionella Control sit above the State’s regulatory framework providing “best practice” guidance to assess and manage the risks posed by the facility’s entire water distribution system.

Is there legislation?

Yes

Is a Risk Management Plan required?

Recommended

Is Legionella sampling required?

Recommended

Is corrective action required?

Mandatory

What are the applicable facilities?

All Warm Water Systems

Government documentation

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Northern Territory

The National Guidelines for Legionella Control sit above the Territory’s regulatory framework providing “best practice” guidance to assess and manage the risks posed by the facility’s entire water distribution system.

Is there legislation?

No

Is a Risk Management Plan required?

Recommended

Is Legionella sampling required?

Recommended

Is corrective action required?

Recommended

What are the applicable facilities?

Not specified

Government documentation

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Tasmania

The National Guidelines for Legionella Control sit above the State’s regulatory framework providing “best practice” guidance to assess and manage the risks posed by the facility’s entire water distribution system.

Is there legislation?

Guidelines

Is a Risk Management Plan required?

Recommended

Is Legionella sampling required?

Mandatory

Is corrective action required?

Mandatory

What are the applicable facilities?

Not specified

Government documentation

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