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Environmental Health Branch - Water Quality Unit

Role of the Water Quality Unit

The Water Quality Unit is the lead agency for legislation, policy, guidelines and standards development in relation to water quality.

Key issues


Key partners

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Water Fluoridation

The Water Fluoridation Act 2008 and Water Fluoridation Regulation 2008 require the fluoridation of Queensland drinking water supplies that serve populations in excess of 1,000 people. Queensland Health is responsible for monitoring compliance with this legislation and undertaking enforcement actions if necessary. In addition to these regulatory functions, Queensland Health also oversees the fluoride operator training program and development of operational guidance for operators (e.g. the Queensland Water Fluoridation Code of Practice). Other functions include providing regulatory support, developing information programs related to public health, engaging with stakeholders and communities, and, through the Queensland Health Oral Health Branch, supporting oral health research to demonstrate the efficacy of water fluoridation.

Fluoride Resources / Forms

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Last Updated: 14 May 2012
Last Reviewed: 14 May 2012