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 (*):

Water 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

Food testing

  • Standard Plate Count
  • * Yeasts and Mould Count
  • Total Coliforms
  • Escherichia coli
  • Coagulase-positive staphylococci
  • Bacillus cereus
  • * Clostridium perfringens
  • * Campylobacter spp.
  • Salmonella spp.
  • Listeria spp.
  • Listeria monocytogenes
  • Vibrio parahaemolyticus


  • * Environmental swabs
  • * Sterility checks

Food and Water Guidelines

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

Food Safety

Water Safety

Guidance on the use of Rainwater Tanks

Prices, sampling instructions and request forms

Price schedule (accessible)

Call or email the laboratory to arrange testing or for further information on how to collect and submit samples Sampling instructions (accessible)

Forms are available on submitting the sample to the laboratory:

Public Health Laboratory National Association of Testing Authorities (NATA) Scope of Accreditation, Scope of Accreditation (PDF version)

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.

Measurement Uncertainty Notice (accessible Word version), Measurement Uncertainty Notice (PDF version)

Contact us

Complaint form (accessible)

Feedback form (accessible)

Phone (03) 6166 1106


Manager (03) 6166 1107

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

About the Environmental Health Service

January 2018