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’ 


Food Businesses

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)

See Council's fees and charges policy for relevant inspection fees.

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

 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 and starting a food business can be found at Department of Health Website.

Labelling of Packaged Food

For enquiries regarding the labelling of packaged food please contact SA Health Food Standards Surveillance 8226 7100.

 Guidelines for labelling of packaged foods

Food Safety at Home

Although we tend to blame the last place we ate out, a large proportion of food poisoning occurs due to poor food handling or storage in the home. The majority of food poisoning takes 24 -72 hours so it is not necessarily the last meal you ate. Some food poisoning symptoms do not develop for as many as thirteen days.

The Food Safety Information Council aims to reduce the number of Australian's becoming sick from food poisoning by providing simple, easy to follow information on the handling, storage and preparation of food. We encourage you visiting their site for more information on safe food handling at home.

You’ve Got What provides information on illnesses caused by the spread of infectious diseases as well as General topics such as

  • preventing food poisoning at home
  • immunisation
  • exclusion from childcare, preschool, school and work
  • overseas travel
  • avoiding mosquito bites
  • animal bites and scratches
  • staying healthy with pet reptiles, amphibians and fish


FREE Online Food Safety Training

For food businesses, community groups and volunteers.




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.



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.



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


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 Healthy Environments, Healthy People Research Group. Mosquito breeding sites are monitored for mosquito activity and treated if necessary.

Information about the HEHP can be found here


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 the following links for more information

Public swimming pools & spas

Please see Departmenf for Health Website

Hairdressing, body art & piercing 

Please see Department for Health Website

Public health pests such as bed bugs and head lice

Please see Department for Health Website

Substandard housing 

Please see Department for Health Website

Please see Department of Health Website  for more information on bedbugs, headlice, rats, mice etc.


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

Extreme Heat

South Australia can experience long periods of extreme heat. During our long heatwaves it is easy to become dehydrated and for the body to become overheated.  If this happens, heat cramps, heat exhaustion or even heatstroke may develop.

It is very important for everyone to know what the effects of extreme heat are, who is at risk and what to do to prepare for and cope during times of extreme heat.

Refer to the Department of Health website for more information or pick up a copy of the Extreme Heat Guide from the Berri council office or Barmera library