Public Health Laboratory

Public Health Laboratory

The Public Health Laboratory is a food, water and environmental testing laboratory based in Hobart.

We provide microbiological testing services to the Tasmanian government, local government, private businesses and individuals across the state.

Our testing services are NATA-accredited except where marked with an asterisk (*):

Testing Services

Water testing

Food testing


  • Heterotrophic Colony Count
  • * Marine Heterotrophic Colony Count
  • Total Coliforms
  • Thermotolerant Coliforms
  • Escherichia coli
  • Enterococci
  • Pseudomonas aeruginosa
  • Salmonella spp.
  • Legionella spp.
  • * Listeria spp.
  • * Listeria monocytogenes
  • * Marine Heterotrophic Colony Count
  • Standard Plate Count
  • Total Coliforms
  • Escherichia coli
  • Coagulase-positive staphylococci
  • Bacillus cereus
  • Campylobacter spp.
  • Salmonella spp.
  • Listeria spp.
  • Listeria monocytogenes
  • Vibrio parahaemolyticus
  • * Yeasts and Mould Count
  • Clostridium perfringens
  • * Environmental swabs
  • * Sterility checks

Food and Water Guidelines

For information on Food and Water standards and guidelines, please follow the links below:

Price Schedule

Price Schedule: Note that fees for 2020-21 have been frozen at the 2019-20 schedule as part of the COVID-19 response.

Sampling Instructions

Call or email the laboratory to arrange testing or for further information on how to collect and submit samples refer to our Sampling instructions


Request forms are available below in PDF for printing, and Word version for use with assistive technology.  Forms are also available in hardcopy on submitting the sample to the laboratory.

Printable PDF version

Microsoft Word version

Please note that the word documents below are current, however, are currently in the process of being made fully accessible.

NATA Accreditation

Measurement uncertainty

All measurements have an inherent uncertainty, due to small unavoidable variations in the sample, the media used in testing, the person doing the analysis and all other conditions at the time of analysis. The document below explains measurement uncertainty and provides MU values for all quantitative methods used by the Public Health Laboratory.

Contact us

Phone: (03) 6166 1106


Manager: (03) 6166 1107

18 St Johns Avenue, New Town, 7008. Customer parking available.

About the Environmental Health Service

September 2020