Public Health

The Berri Barmera Council has a number of responsibilities relating to public and environmental health which are primarily dealt with by our Environmental Health Officer (EHO).

 Enquires regarding the following health issues can be directed to our Environmental Health Officer at ‘contact us’ 



Council EHO regularly conducts food business inspections of all premises to ensure adequate standards are met and acceptable food handling techniques used when preparing food for human consumption.

Food operators must comply with the relevant legislative requirements which include:

  • Food Act 2001
  • Food Regulations 2002
  • Food Safety Standards (FSANZ Food Standards Code Chapter 3)

More information regarding legislation and policies with respect to food can be found at the Department of Health Food Safety index  

 EHO's also attend to customer complaints with respect to food handling, food poisoning investigations and food recall follow-ups.

Food Business Notification

When a food business is established, or when the ownership/management of an existing food business changes, Council must be notified, before commencement of operations, by completing a Food Business Notification Form and returning it to Council. Notification only needs to be completed once unless the food business details change.

Food Business Notification Form Food Business Notification(55 kb) 

Further information regarding the notification requirements can be found at Department of Health Website.



FREE Online Food Safety Training


Wastewater Systems

EHO's assess applications and approve all sanitary plumbing, septic tanks and effluent disposal system installations. Prior to any work commencing a formal approval must be granted from the Council. All plumbing work must be carried out by a licensed plumber.

Applications are assessed pursuant to the SA Health On-site Wastewater System Code.

Application Form

Plumbers Information

EHO's also attend to complaints with respect to failed wastewater systems.


Septic Tank Desludging

As part of the operating and maintenance of Council's Community Wastewater Management System (CWMS), Council provides a septic tank desludging program. Properties within the townships of Berri, Barmera, Monash, Cobdogla, Loveday and Glossop are connected to CWMS. To prevent sludge passing into Council drains, our contractors attend each property on a programmed basis to remove accumulated sludge from the tanks. 


Refer to the CWMS fact sheet(243 kb) for further information on septic tank desludging and other effluent issues.



For Owners/Operators of High Risk Manufactured Water Systems

The Public and Environmental Health (Legionella) Regulations 2013 (the Regulations) and Guidelines for the Control of Legionella in Manufactured Water Systems in South Australia (the Guidelines) commenced on 16 June 2013.

For information on cooling water systems and warm water systems visit the SA Health website

Notification of Legionella Detection in a Water Sample

In the Home

Information can also be found on the SA Health website to help reduce the risk of Legionella in the home and while gardening.


Immunisation Records

Council provides the school based immunisation program at the Glossop High School and Riverland Special School for year 8 and year 9 students.

The Australian Childhood Immunisation Register records a child’s immunisation history. The Register only records vaccinations given from 1 January 1996 to children up to seven years of age. For more information or to request a statement go to ACIR website

Mosquito Control

Mosquitoes are a natural part of our environment. They can be a nuisance, and when they bite, some can spread serious disease such as Ross River virus or Barmah Forest virus infections. Both infections can be debilitating to humans and symptoms can include rash, flu-like symptoms such as fever, chills, headaches, joint and muscle pains (swelling or stiffness), fatigue, depression and being generally unwell. Using simple personal and household protection measures allows us to live with mosquitoes and reduce the risk of disease.

More information can be found at the Department of Health website.   

Council has in place a mosquito surveillance and control program. The program is coordinated by Council's EHO in collaboration with the University of South Australia's Mosquito Research Laboratory. Mosquito breeding sites are monitored for mosquito activity and treated if necessary.


European Wasp Nest Destruction

If you have located a European wasp nest, contact Council to arrange for the nest to be removed. Councils contractors remove nests from council land and private property.

Please refer to the European Wasp brochure for more information.

Safe Drinking Water & Rainwater Tanks

Please refer to water quality fact sheet for more information.


General Health Issues

Council EHO's regularly inspect public swimming pools and spa pools, hairdressing, body piercing, tattooing and beauty therapy establishments to ensure adequate standards are achieved and maintained by proprietors.

Advice can also be provided to assist you with questions or complaints regarding substandard housing, head lice and other general environmental health issues.

Please refer to Public health fact sheets  for more information.

Wash Wipe Cover

Many common infectious diseases are spread by germs on our hands. You can reduce the risk of getting sick or passing infections on to others by washing your hands, wiping down frequently touched surfaces and covering your coughs and sneezes with a tissue. For more information visit the SA Health website

Wash, Wipe, Cover - brochure

Wash, Wipe, Cover - fact sheet