VIC – HENDRY building surveyors remind building owners that on 1 January 2010, the Public Health and Wellbeing Regulations 2009 (PHWR) came into effect.  Included in the Public Health and Wellbeing Regulations 2009 were important changes concerning the regulation of cooling towers and warm water systems for the control of Legionella which adds to building regulations in Victoria.

The Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008 (PHWA) was passed by the Victorian Parliament in 2008.  The PHWA commenced on 1 January 2010 and superseded the Health Act 1958.  A single set of regulations, the Public Health and Wellbeing Regulations 2009 (PHWR) came into effect on 1 January 2010 and replaced 10 sets of regulations.  The Public Health and Wellbeing Regulations 2009 also includes some aspects that relate to the regulation and management of cooling tower systems as currently regulated via the Building Regulations 2001 (Legionella Risk Management) and the Building Regulations 2006.

Building Legislation Table

Refer to our Victorian Legislation Page for further information on the building permit process.

Fire Safety Compliance: Essential Safety Measures

Refer to our Essential Safety Measures Identification Table for further information on individual essential safety measures including the AESMR.