Annual performance reporting for local government enforcement agencies

The Department of Health requires local government enforcement agencies to submit an annual report on their performance under the:

  • Food Act 2008 (section 121) 
  • Public Health Act 2016 (section 22).

Reports are mandatory and must be submitted each financial year between 1 July to 31 August.

These reports assist the Chief Health Officer to anticipate:

  • issues associated with the administration of public health legislation
  • gauge the level of consistency in which public health legislation is being administered across WA and
  • identify knowledge gaps and areas for future policy development.

The Department of Health will release at the completion of each financial year an online reporting template (published on this page) which includes details on what a local government will be required to report on.

2021 - 2022 financial year reporting

The Department of Health is preparing to receive reports from local government enforcement agencies for the 2021 - 22 financial year.

To meet your reporting requirements please complete the 2021-2022 Food Act 2008 and Public Health Act 2016 Online Reporting Form (external site) by 31 August 2022.

The Department encourages local governments to also complete the 2021-2022 Optional Reporting (external site) by 31 October 2022

2021-22 reporting questions

2021-22 Optional Reporting

The Department of Health follow up with local governments who do not complete their reports on time.

Upon completion of the reporting submission period a report is published for each Act summarising key findings for legislative issues across WA. Note, the department will combine the annual performance reports for the 2020-21 and 2021-22 reporting periods.

Local government can provide feedback on the reporting process at any stage. Feedback can be submitted to

Guidelines to support local government officers responsible for completing the annual performance reports:

Public Health Act reports

Previous reports summarising findings of enforcement agencies reporting under the the Public Health Act 2016.

Financial year  Reports

Regional reports for environmental health indicators and local government optional reporting:

Food Act reports

Previous reports summarising findings of local government reporting under the Food Act at are provided below.

The information received from enforcement agencies is compiled into a comprehensive performance report about food regulatory functions every three years. In the interim years a summary of the reporting information is published.

Year Report
2020-2021 and
Will be a combined report
(3 year)
Reporting period 1 July 2016 to 30 June 2019: Report on the Food Act 2008 (PDF 753 KB)
2017-2018 Reporting period 1 July 2017 to 30 June 2018: Summary Report on the Food Act 2008 (WA) (PDF 788 KB)
2016-2017 Reporting period 1 July 2016 to 30 June 2017: Summary Report on the Food Act 2008 (WA) (PDF 2MB)
(3 year)
Reporting period 1 July 2013 to 30 June 2016: Report on the Food Act 2008 (WA) (PDF 1.3MB)andAppendices (PDF 1.3MB)
(3 year)
Reporting period 1 July 2010 to 30 June 2013: Report on the Food Act 2008 (WA) (PDF 3.4MB)andAppendices (PDF 1.5MB)
2010-2012 Reporting period 1 July 2010 to 30 June 2012: Food Act 2008 Enforcement Agency Reporting Information (PDF 1MB)
2009-2010 Reporting period 23 October 2009 to 30 June 2010: WA Food Regulation: Report on the Food Act 2008 (PDF 6MB)
Last reviewed: 05-07-2022