Cooling tower systems are registered and regulated by the Department of Health. This section contains information about Legionella risk management for cooling tower systems and water delivery systems, as well as registration and auditing for cooling tower systems. The information is useful for:
- cooling tower system managers and operators
- land owners and property and facility managers
- hospital and aged care facility engineers
- car wash operators.
Automatic mutual recognition – RMP Auditors
allows a person who is licenced or registered for an occupation in one jurisdiction to be considered registered to perform the same activities in another jurisdiction, without the need to go through further application processes or pay additional registration fees. Victoria entered the scheme on 1 July 2021. To find out how it will work and who is eligible for AMR, read the information on the
Managing the risk of Legionella during COVID-19 response
Cooing tower system
The risk of Legionella growth in cooling towers increases if the system has not been used. Compliance with the Public Health and Wellbeing Regulations 2019 ensures cooling tower systems are safe when .
Water delivery systems (shower systems)
There is an increased risk of Legionella growth in water delivery systems (e.g. shower systems) if they are not used. It is recommended that showers that have been unused for 7 days or more are flushed before being used. .
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Victoria’s regulatory framework for Legionella
Information about Victoria’s regulatory system designed to protect the health and safety of persons by controlling Legionella growth in cooling towers and reducing the number of cases of Legionnaire’s disease.
Approved auditors – Cooling tower system risk management plans
Information about applying to become certified to audit cooling tower system risk management plans.
Cooling tower systems
The Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008 (the Act) requires the owner of the land on which there is a cooling tower system to develop a risk management plan (RMP) to control Legionella growth in cooling towers.
Public register - cooling tower systems and auditors
Search the register for a cooling tower system or search for an approved auditor certified in Victoria to audit a cooling tower system risk management plan.
Legionella and water delivery systems
Information for health & aged care facilities, and car wash operators. Victorian laws require certain premises with water delivery systems to manage the risks associated with Legionella.
Cooling tower forms and templates
The cooling tower forms and templates can help you comply with some of the requirements of the Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008.
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Reviewed 02 February 2022