People’s health can be impacted by many things in the environment.  The Queensland Public Health Act 2005 provides legislation where the local authority has powers to investigate and undertake compliance action if a Public Health Risk has been identified. 

Council only has jurisdiction to act on certain public health risk issues, and share the responsibility with other government agencies including Queensland Health & Work Safe.

Examples of a Public Health Risk include:

  • Mosquitoes
  • Vermin – Rats & Mice
  • Asbestos
  • Water

If you have a problem with an issue, always attempt to discuss the matter directly with the person responsible for the nuisance in order to rectify and achieve a suitable solution.  Please give reasonable timeframes for action to be undertaken.

Lodge a Customer Service Request

If the matter continues it then maybe necessary for you to contact the relevant department to take further action. To lodge a Customer Service Request

The following table provides a guide on the type of Public Health Risk and which department investigates these matters. Please follow the relevant links:

Public Health Risk

Description of Nuisance

Regulatory Authority

Mosquitoes

Biting or Breeding or Disease concerns on council land, residential and some commercial land.

Council

Phone (07) 4189 9100

Vermin

Breeding or potential for breeding on council land, residential land some commercial land

Council

Phone (07) 4189 9100

Asbestos

Asbestos at a workplace

Work Safe Qld

1300 362 128

Homeowner carrying out works at home on asbestos material

Council

Phone (07) 4189 9100

Tank Water

Health concerns about non-reticulated water for example   Tank Water.

Council

Phone (07) 4189 9100

Lead

Occurring at a Workplace

Work Safe Qld 

1300 362 128

Occurring at a non-workplace i.e. home owner undertaking works at home

Queensland Health

Phone (07) 3234 0111

Waste -  have a link to Waste

Accumulation or deposit on land.

Council

Phone (07) 4189 9100

Waste Water

Wastewater or sewage release on a property.

Council

Phone (07) 4189 9100