Council's Environmental Health Unit works closely with the Department of Health & Human Services in the investigation, control and prevention of infectious disease including those associated with gastroenteritis and food borne illness to protect the health of the community.
The Department of Health & Human Services Communicable Disease Prevention and Control Unit is the lead agency in the management and coordination of infectious disease matters, the responsibilities for the investigation and management of the public health aspects of cases and outbreaks are often shared by the Department and local government.
More information on infectious disease epidemiology and surveillance can be found at the Department of Health & Human Services website - this website includes the Blue Book (Guidelines for the control of infectious diseases), along with various other fact sheets, guidelines, standards and legislation for the investigation, control and prevention of infectious diseases in a range of settings.
Home or DIY tattooing is not safe, and can put your health at risk of serious infection including hepatitis B, hepatitis C, HIV, or skin infections. Getting a tattoo overseas can put you at similar health risks. The safest way to get tattoos is at registered (licensed) tattoo premises in Australia.
In Victoria the legal age to get tattooed is 18. Backyard tattooing refers to the practice of an amateur individual tattooing people outside the confines of a professional and licensed tattoo parlour.
It is an offence under the Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008 for failing to register a tattooing business with Council. To register your tattooing business please contact Council's Environmental Health Unit or Business Public Health.