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List of notifiable conditions

This list of conditions is sourced from The Public Health Regulation 2005 (Schedule 1).

It provides a quick reference for the kind of notification required for each condition, and highlights conditions that need immediate notification to the public health units by phone (or fax, thought this should be followed up with a phone call).

Read about the types of notification requirements.

Notification resources

Pathological, clinical and provisional diagnosis notifiable conditions

This list mirrors the information in Schedule 1 of the Regulation, with a few small differences.  The differences are referenced with an asterix for your information. In each case, follow the recommendations on this page.

Condition

Notification requirements

Immediate notification by phone or fax to the local public health unit (if faxing notification, follow up with a phone call)

Acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS)

clinical
HIV public health team

 

Acute flaccid paralysis

clinicaltelephone

Acute rheumatic fever

clinical 

Acute viral hepatitis

provisional 

Adverse event following immunisation

clinical 

Anthrax

pathological diagnosis
pathology request

telephone

Arbovirus (mosquito borne) infections:
Alphavirus infections including:

  • Barmah Forest
  • Getah
  • Ross River
  • Sindbis
pathological diagnosis 

Arbovirus (mosquito borne) infections:
Bunyavirus infections including:

  • Gan Gan
  • Mapputta P
  • Termeil
  • Trubanaman
pathological diagnosis 

Arbovirus (mosquito borne) infections:
Flavivirus infections including:

  • Alfuy
  • Edge Hill
  • Kokobera
  • Kunjin
  • Stratford
pathological diagnosistelephone

Any other arbovirus infections
(NB: dengue, yellow fever, Japanese encephalitis and Murray Valley encephalitis are listed separately)

pathological diagnosis 

Australian bat lyssavirus infection

pathological diagnosis
pathology request

telephone

Australian bat lyssavirus, potential exposure

clinicaltelephone

Avian influenza

provisional
pathological diagnosis
pathology request

telephone

Botulism

  • Check schedule for different types of botulism

pathological diagnosis
pathology request

telephone

Brucellosis

pathological diagnosis 

Campylobacteriosis

pathological diagnosis 

Chancroid

pathological diagnosis 

Chikungunya

pathological diagnosis 

Chlamydia trachomatis infection

  • Check schedule for different strains
pathological diagnosis 

Cholera

pathological diagnosistelephone

Ciguatera poisoning

clinicaltelephone

Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease *

  • Additional clinical requirement

clinical
provisional
pathological diagnosis

 

Cryptosporidiosis

pathological diagnosis 

Dengue

provisional
pathological diagnosis

telephone

Diphtheria

provisional
pathological diagnosis

telephone

Donovanosis

pathological diagnosis 

Food or water-borne illness in 2 or more cases

clinicaltelephone

Food or water-borne illness in food handler

clinicaltelephone

Gonococcal infection

pathological diagnosis 

Haemolytic uraemic syndrome (HUS)

clinical
provisional
pathological diagnosis

telephone

Haemophilus influenzae type b (invasive) disease

provisional
pathological diagnosis

telephone

Hendra virus infection

pathological diagnosis
pathology request

telephone

Hepatitis A

pathological diagnosistelephone

Hepatitis B

pathological diagnosis 

Hepatitis C

pathological diagnosis 

Hepatitis D

pathological diagnosis 

Hepatitis E

pathological diagnosis 

Hepatitis (other)

pathological diagnosis 

HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) infection

HIV public health team
pathological diagnosis

 

Influenza

pathological diagnosis 

Invasive Group A streptococcal infection

pathological diagnosis 

Japanese encephalitis

pathological diagnosis
pathology request

telephone

Lead exposure (notifiable) (blood lead level of 10 ug/dL (0.48 ╬╝mol/L) or more)

pathological diagnosis 

Legionellosis

pathological diagnosistelephone

Leprosy (Hansen’s disease)

pathological diagnosis 

Leptospirosis

pathological diagnosis 

Listeriosis

pathological diagnosis 

Lyssavirus infection (unspecified)

pathological diagnosis
pathology request

telephone

Malaria

pathological diagnosis 

Measles

provisional
pathological diagnosis

telephone

Melioidosis

pathological diagnosis 

Meningococcal disease (invasive)

provisional
pathological diagnosis

telephone

Mumps

pathological diagnosis 

Murray Valley encephalitis

pathological diagnosis
pathology request

telephone

Non-tuberculous mycobacterial disease

pathological diagnosis 

Paratyphoid

pathological diagnosistelephone

Pertussis

clinical
pathological diagnosis

 

Plague

pathological diagnosis
pathology request

telephone

Pneumococcal disease (invasive)

pathological diagnosis 

Poliomyelitis

pathological diagnosis
pathology request

telephone

Psittacosis (ornithosis)

pathological diagnosis 

Q fever

pathological diagnosis 

Rabies

pathological diagnosis
pathology request

telephone

Rotavirus infection

pathological diagnosis 

Rubella, including congenital rubella

pathological diagnosis 

Salmonellosis

pathological diagnosis 

Severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS)

provisional
pathological diagnosis
pathology request

telephone

Shiga toxin and vero toxin producing E.coli infection  VTEC/SLTEC

pathological diagnosis 

Shigellosis

pathological diagnosis 

Smallpox

provisional
pathological diagnosis
pathology request

telephone

Syphilis, including congenital syphilis

pathological diagnosis 

Tetanus

clinical
pathological diagnosis

 

Tuberculosis *

  • additional provisional requirement

provisional
pathological diagnosis

 

Tularaemia

pathological diagnosis
pathology request

telephone

Typhoid

pathological diagnosistelephone

Varicella - zoster virus infection (chickenpox, shingles or unspecified)

pathological diagnosis 

Viral haemorrhagic fevers (Crimean-Congo, Ebola, Lassa fever and Marburg viruses)

provisional
pathological diagnosis
pathology request

telephone

Yellow fever

pathological diagnosis
pathology request

telephone

Yersiniosis

pathological diagnosis 

Clinical and provisional diagnosis (clinicians)

Clinical diagnosis notifiable condition—diagnosed either fully or predominantly on the basis of clinical evidence, including clinical history and signs and symptoms.

Provisional diagnosis notifiable condition—can be provisionally diagnosed on the basis of clinical evidence, including clinical history and signs and symptoms; while awaiting laboratory confirmation. Sometimes early notification is required to enable prompt public health action.

Pathological diagnosis and pathology requests (pathology laboratories)

Pathological diagnosis—the condition requires notification upon pathological diagnosis.

Pathology request—notification is required when the request for diagnosis is received. Sometimes early notification is required to enable prompt public health action.

Last updated: 6 October 2015
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