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Council of the City of Gold Coast

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Environmental Health Officers

City of Gold Coast provides important public and environmental health services to the community.

The role of our Environmental Health Officers (EHOs) is to provide a professional service that will maximise environmental and public health within a community environment by preventing and remedying health and environmental related hazards and risks.

With the ongoing growth of both our population and industries, the Gold Coast will require many more professionals to deliver on the future challenges of environmental protection and climate change, together with maintaining a healthy quality of life for an ageing population.

This work opportunity is with an organisation where you really can make a difference. Make a healthier choice for your career and sustain your future.

Qualifications/education

An EHO is required to hold a Bachelor Degree of Applied Science (Environmental Health) or other acceptable qualifications.

Responsibilities/duties

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

  • environmentally relevant activities (industry)
  • food safety
  • horse stables
  • personal appearance services
  • places of public amusement
  • public and other camping areas
  • rental accommodation
  • swimming pools.

They conduct complaint investigation for the following issues:

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

EHOs also 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.

Further information

For more information, please contact our Environmental Health branch on 07 5581 6220. To request an environmental health brochure please email chealthadmin@goldcoast.qld.gov.au.

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