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List of notifiable conditions

This list of conditions is sourced from the Public Health Regulation 2018 (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.

Read about the types of notification requirements.

Notification resources

Pathological, clinical and provisional diagnosis notifiable conditions

Pathology laboratories will notify conditions where criteria are pathology request or pathological diagnosis. Where a condition is solely notifiable on pathology request and/or pathological diagnosis, treating clinicians are not required to notify.

Treating clinicians must notify conditions where criteria are clinical or provisional diagnosis.  Most conditions must be notified within 48 hours of meeting criteria and notification may be made by email, fax or phone to the local public health unit during office hours.

Some conditions are immediately notifiable and must be notified by fax or email (including after hours) as soon as they meet the criteria.

Immediate notifiable conditions are marked with an asterisk.

Condition

Notification requirements

*acute flaccid paralysis

clinical

acute rheumatic fever

clinical

acute viral hepatitis

provisional

adverse event following vaccination

clinical

*anthrax

pathological diagnosis
pathology request

arbovirus (mosquito borne) infections:

  • alphavirus infections including:
    • Barmah Forest
    • Getah
    • Ross River
    • Sindbis
  • bunyavirus infections including:
    • Gan Gan
    • Mapputta
    • Termeil
    • Trubanaman
  • *flavivirus infections including:
    • alfuy
    • Edge Hill
    • Kokobera
    • West Nile/kunjin
    • Stratford
    • any other unspecified flaviviruses
pathological diagnosis
pathological diagnosis

pathological diagnosis

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

*Australian bat lyssavirus, potential exposure (bat bite, scratch or mucous membrane exposure)

clinical

*avian influenza

provisional
pathological diagnosis
pathology request

*botulism

  • Check schedule for different types of botulism.

pathological diagnosis
pathology request

brucellosis

pathological diagnosis

campylobacteriosis

pathological diagnosis

chancroid

pathological diagnosis

chikungunya

pathological diagnosis

Chlamydia trachomatis infection

  • Check schedule for different infections
pathological diagnosis

*cholera

pathological diagnosis

*ciguatera poisoning

clinical

coronaviruses

  • *COVID-19

  • *Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV)


  • *Severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS)


provisional
pathological diagnosis
pathology request


provisional
pathological diagnosis


provisional
pathological diagnosis

Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease

provisional
pathological diagnosis

cryptosporidiosis

pathological diagnosis

*dengue

provisional
pathological diagnosis

diphtheria (other than toxigenic)

provisional
pathological diagnosis

*diphtheria (toxigenic) provisional
pathological diagnosis

donovanosis

pathological diagnosis

*food or water-borne illness in 2 or more cases

clinical

*food or water-borne illness in food handler

clinical

gonococcal infection

pathological diagnosis

*haemolytic uraemic syndrome (HUS)

clinical
pathological diagnosis

*Haemophilus influenzae type b (invasive) disease

provisional
pathological diagnosis

*Hendra virus infection

pathological diagnosis
pathology request

*hepatitis A

pathological diagnosis

hepatitis B

pathological diagnosis

hepatitis C

pathological diagnosis

hepatitis D

pathological diagnosis

hepatitis E

pathological diagnosis

hepatitis (other)

pathological diagnosis

human immunodeficiency virus infection (HIV)

pathological diagnosis

influenza

pathological diagnosis

invasive group A streptococcal infection

pathological diagnosis

*Japanese encephalitis

pathological diagnosis
pathology request

lead exposure (notifiable) (blood lead level of 5 ug/dL (0.24 ╬╝mol/L) or more)

pathological diagnosis

*legionellosis

pathological diagnosis

leprosy (Hansen’s disease)

pathological diagnosis

leptospirosis

pathological diagnosis

listeriosis

pathological diagnosis

lyssavirus (unspecified)

pathological diagnosis
pathology request

malaria

pathological diagnosis

*measles

provisional
pathological diagnosis

melioidosis

pathological diagnosis

*meningococcal disease (invasive)

provisional
pathological diagnosis

*monkeypoxpathological request
pathological diagnosis

mumps

pathological diagnosis

*Murray Valley encephalitis

pathological diagnosis
pathology request

non-tuberculous mycobacterial disease

pathological diagnosis

*paratyphoid

pathological diagnosis

pertussis

clinical
pathological diagnosis

*plague

pathological diagnosis
pathology request

pneumococcal disease (invasive)

pathological diagnosis

*poliomyelitis

pathological diagnosis
pathology request

psittacosis (ornithosis)

pathological diagnosis

Q fever

pathological diagnosis

*rabies

pathological diagnosis
pathology request

respiratory syncytial viruspathological diagnosis
rheumatic heart disease clinical

rotavirus infection

pathological diagnosis

rubella, including congenital rubella

pathological diagnosis

salmonellosis

pathological diagnosis

shiga toxin and vero toxin producing E.coli infection STEC/VTEC

pathological diagnosis

shigellosis

pathological diagnosis

*smallpox

provisional
pathological diagnosis
pathology request

syphilis, including congenital syphilis

pathological diagnosis

tetanus

clinical
pathological diagnosis

tuberculosis

provisional
pathological diagnosis

*tularaemia

pathological diagnosis
pathology request

*typhoid

pathological diagnosis

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

*yellow fever

pathological diagnosis
pathology request

yersiniosis

pathological diagnosis
*zika virus provisional
pathological diagnosis

While potential exposure to rabies and other lyssaviruses (bites or scratches from terrestrial mammals including bats in the rabies enzootic countries) is not notifiable, liaison with the local public health unit is required to access funded post exposure treatment.

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: 26 August 2022