The Department of Health protects and improves public health and wellbeing by safeguarding and facilitating safe water use.
Hygiene, water and sanitation for coronavirus (COVID-19)
Annual report on drinking water quality in Victoria 2019-20
Ministerial Statement of Expectations to increase regulator efficiency and effectiveness
The department was issued with a 2016-17 Ministerial Statement of Expectations. More information, the Ministerial Statement of Expectations, and the department's has provided a response.
Water quality guidelines for public aquatic facilities – managing public health risks
The assist organisations and aquatic facilities to reduce risks to public health. These guidelines also provide advice to local and state government environmental health officers to help fulfil their regulatory and advisory roles.
Public Health and Wellbeing Regulations 2019
The Public Health and Wellbeing Regulations 2019 support the operation of the Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008 and provide a framework for businesses, councils, the Department of Health and Human Services and individuals to protect the health and wellbeing of Victorians. For more information on the Regulations, see .
The Water Program aims to improve water quality and protect Victorians from waterborne illness.
Private drinking water
Alternative sources of drinking water can be used when mains water is unavailable.
Alternative water supplies
Includes rainwater, stormwater, greywater, industrial water and recycled sewage.
Blue-green algae (cyanobacteria)
Cyanobacteriacan be found in almost all of Australia's aquatic systems, including rivers, lakes and estuaries.
Pool operators, local government and the community need to follow simple guidelines for health and safety in pools and other aquatic facilities.
Reviewed 15 November 2021