Health and your environment

Health and your environment

The natural and built (where we live) environment can affect the health and wellbeing of Tasmanians.

Areas where our physical environment can affect human health include:

A wide range of public health risks and hazards are regulated in the Public Health Act 1997, Food Act 2003 and other legislation and guidelines

General environmental health information

Guidelines for Places of Assembly

The Director of Public Health revoked the Guidelines for Places of Assembly 2008 on 18 July 2015.

Requirements for a licence to operate a mass outdoor public event are in Division 1 of Part 5 of the Public Health Act 1997

The old Guidelines for Places of Assembly and previous Section 75A Notice applying to a range of public buildings are now regulated under the legislative provisions of the National Construction Code

Private burials

The Burial and Cremation Act 2019 provides for the burial of someone on private land.

View the guide to approval process for gaining permission for a burial on private land

Unhealthy premises

The Public Health Act 1997 provides for the assessment of premises used for human habitation that may be defective.  This applies to buildings that are or are likely to likely to become offensive, result in injury or harmful to health.

Guide to Assessing Unhealthy Premises will help you understand the role of Environmental Health Officers and local government in assessing premises that may be considered unhealthy and the actions that they may take.

The Guide for the Management of Clandestine Drug Laboratories details the process for identifying and managing the public health risks associated with clan labs.

Contact us

For further information or to report your concerns please call the Public Health Hotline - Tasmania on 1800 671 738 or email

updated: July 2020