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Environmental Health Officers

The role of a Gold Coast City Environmental Health Officer (EHO) is to provide a professional service that will maximise environmental and public health within a community environment by identifying, preventing and remedying health and environmental related hazards and risks.

Qualifications/education

Bachelors Degree of Applied Science (Environmental Health) or other acceptable qualifications.

Responsibilities/duties

Process applications and conduct routine assessments, education and complaint investigation in the following areas:

  • environmentally relevant activities (industry)
  • food safety
  • helicopter landings
  • horse stables
  • mobile refuse container cleaners
  • personal appearance services
  • places of public amusement
  • public and other camping areas
  • rental accommodation
  • storage of flammable and combustible liquids
  • swimming pools
  • waste transporters
  • water (drinking) carriers

Conduct complaint investigation for the following issues:

  • air pollution
  • asbestos
  • fish kills
  • land pollution
  • mosquitoes
  • noise pollution
  • vermin
  • water pollution

Provide the following services:

  • food handlers training course
  • immunisation clinics for the general public
  • school immunisation campaigns

Powers of an authorised officer

Authorised officers have many powers under various state and local legislation. These powers are relevant to the investigation/legislation and may allow an officer to:

  • enter any premises or other place, make an inspection and take samples
  • stop, detain and search any vehicle
  • require a person to produce any licence, registration, permit, approval, certificate or other documentation
  • require a person to state their full name and address and ask for verification
  • question any person and require answers
  • seize and detain any articles or equipment
  • open containers and packages
  • take photographs, video, other images and audio
  • request assistance from a competent person
  • use such force that is reasonably necessary

Further information

For more information, please contact Council's Environmental Health branch on (07) 5581 6220.