What’s this about?
The Public Health Act 2010 (NSW) regulates several areas in order to protect and promote public health and control risks to public health.
The Act deals with a range of public health matters, including:
- powers during a public health emergency
- the requirements on persons with sexually transmitted diseases to take measures to protect public health.
A review of the entire Act was completed in 2016 following which Parliament passed amendments to the Act in 2017. Amendments were made to:
- section 62 of the Act to introduce ‘contact order public health orders’ and
- section 79 of the Act to remove the requirement on a person with a sexually transmitted infection (STI) to notify their sexual partners of their STI status.
The 2017 amendments included a requirement to undertake a review of these provisions. The NSW Ministry of Health have now commenced consultation on the review of the changes to sections 62 and 79 of the Act.
Have your say
The NSW Ministry of Health is seeking feedback from the community and stakeholders by Friday 11 December 2020. Your feedback should be based on the questions in the comment template.
You can provide feedback by either email or post.
Individuals and organisations should be aware that generally submissions made in respect of the Discussion Paper may be made publicly available under the Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009 (NSW). The Ministry of Health, in considering its response to the Discussion Paper, may also circulate submissions for further comment to other interested parties or publish parts of submissions. If you wish your submission (or any part of it) to remain confidential [subject to the Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009 (NSW)], this should be stated clearly and marked.
- Open and listening
Tell us what you think by 11 December 2020.
- Closed and under review
Contributions are closed. We will evaluate, review and report on outcomes.
- Final report
The review will be complete and a report submitted to parliament in 2021.
Address: Public Health Act review, Health Protection NSW, NSW Ministry of Health, Locked Bag 2030, St Leonards NSW 1590