Department of Health

Infectious diseases and other conditions of concern still occur frequently throughout the world. Constant vigilance is required to prevent the reappearance of diseases and conditions thought to have been conquered.

Changes in lifestyle have also led to the emergence of new threats to public health from infection. Health authorities depend on both medical practitioners and laboratories for information on the incidence of these conditions. In Victoria, the department conducts daily surveillance on infectious diseases to pinpoint outbreaks and to prevent the spread of infection.

The department provides guidelines and advice to health professionals about infectious diseases, including:

  • Guidelines for management and control of infectious diseases.
  • Requirements and procedures for notifying infectious diseases and other conditions.
  • Surveillance reports reports and data for Victoria and various local areas (updated daily).

Public health priorities

A number of priority projects are currently underway including:

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Learn how we can all respond to this immense public health challenge.

Antimicrobial Resistance Strategy

Victoria is responding to this global public health priority.

Congenital syphilis

This preventable disease is putting unborn babies at risk.

Beating Buruli

How does Buruli ulcer spread and how can it be prevented?

Disease information and management

Victorian-specific information about the prevention and control of infectious diseases.

A-Z of disease information and advice

Disease notification

Doctors and laboratories are required to notify the department of certain infectious diseases and conditions.

Notification procedures

Notify a condition now


Prevention and control guidelines have been developed for a range of issues including:

Candida aurus – an uncommon fungus which can cause serious infections.

Gastroenteritis outbreaks – best practice guidance to manage outbreaks in care facilities, children’s services centres, camps and food premises.

View all guidelines

Reviewed 17 November 2022


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