Western Australian Environmental Health Professional Review Board

The Western Australian Environmental Health Professional Review Board (WAEHPRB) was created in 1988 to assess qualifications appropriate to environmental health and advise the Chief Health Officer of their suitability for practice in Western Australia.

The functions of the Board are:

  • to assess the educational content and relevance of courses for qualifying awards and post-qualification awards by educational institutions in Western Australia in the field of environmental health or any of its specialty areas and if satisfied to grant recognition to such awards
  • to generally oversee and keep under review the content and relevance of courses for awards recognised by the Board, and if not satisfied, to withdraw recognition of such awards
  • to assess the educational content and relevance to Western Australia of courses for qualifying awards and post-qualification awards by educational institutions outside Western Australia, and where considered appropriate, grant recognition to such awards, either outright, or on a reciprocal basis, or with conditions
  • to define the circumstances under which experience in the field of environmental health is required for the appointment to the office of environmental health officer, including the office of Senior, Managing, Coordinator or Principal Environmental Health Officer or authorized officer in the environmental health field. Assess the nature and duration of the experience required, and the way in which it is to be certified for recognition by the Board, either generally or in a particular case or class of cases
  • to prepare and keep under review in consultation with Environmental Health Australia (WA) a code or codes of professional conduct for environmental health officers
  • to enquire into matters referred to the Board relating to the competency or professional conduct of environmental health officers or authorized officer in the environmental health field, and if upheld in full or in part, to recommend appropriate remedial or disciplinary measures to the Chief Health Officer
  • to investigate and advise the Chief Health Officer on matters referred to the Board relating to the provision, scope, manpower and structural requirements of environmental health services in Western Australia
  • to liaise with the Board of Environmental Health Australia (WA) for the advancement of environmental health officers in Western Australia.

Overview of the Environmental Health WA Professional Review Board


Environmental Health Course Accreditation

All Australian accredited environmental health courses must meet the national standard aligning with environmental health officers skill and knowledge matrix (PDF 750KB) endorsed and published by enHealth. The WAEHPRB accredits Australian universities environmental health courses in conjunction with Environmental Health Australia (EHA) which enables environmental health officers to practice in Western Australia. The joint approach to accreditation ensures:

  • national consistency in environmental health educational and qualification standards
  • independence of the EHA accreditation process
  • costs are minimised to both the Universities and the Department of Health.

Any Australian university seeking accreditation of their environmental health course should contact the WAEHPRB Secretary.

Overseas and interstate applications

Each year the WAEHPRB receives a significant number of inquiries from interstate and overseas applicants wishing to have their qualifications and background assessed to confirm whether they qualify to be authorised to undertake work as an Environmental Health Officer (EHO) in Western Australia.

In February 2008, the WAEHPRB published in the Government Gazette a list of qualifications (both existing and/or no longer available), possession of which has automatically ensured accreditation of individual applicants in the past. Refer to the State Law Publisher website for a copy of the Qualifications Acceptable to be an Environmental Health Officer (external site) published in Government Gazette 13 June 2017.

Application for recognition of overseas qualification to practice as an environmental health officer in Western Australia (PDF 256KB), download the PDF or contact the Secretary for a word document.

The application should include the following:

  • completion of the WAEHPRB application form for approval to work as an Authorised Officer (Environmental Health Officer) in Western Australia
  • full details of the Environmental Health qualification(s) held, including Institution attended, title of award and length of course. A copy of the degree certificate, transcript of the marks obtained and details of the curriculum/syllabus followed
  • full details of practical training undertaken during or after the course, including where and when undertaken, a reference from the training organisation outlining an applicant’s role, details of the subject areas covered and activities performed
  • full details of professional experience obtained since qualification, including where and when this experience was obtained and duties and responsibilities
  • details of other academic awards and qualifications held, with evidence in the form of the certificate, and if relevant a copy of the curriculum/syllabus followed and a transcript of the marks obtained
  • details of current employment, including duties and responsibilities
  • details of membership of any relevant professional body/organisation
  • submission of a non-refundable application fee.

A current CV or professional resume may also be submitted to support your application.

The fee payable is non-refundable regardless if your application is successful or not.

Applicants in possession of any of the qualifications listed are automatically recognised in WA and are invited to apply for positions with local government utilising this website as confirmation of validity.

Although the list remains valid, the WAEHPRB has recently agreed to endorse additional arrangements, accepting that examination of an applicant’s background, taking into account a number of factors, is appropriate under some circumstances.

Applicants possessing significant experience at a senior level in another State or country should not be precluded from applying for authorisation to obtain work in WA when in possession of an outdated or academically upgraded qualification.

Applicants presenting submissions to the WAEHPRB will be assessed on the concept that examination of an applicant’s submissions in-toto is more appropriate than an assessment focussed solely around academic achievements.

The recognised Professional Body, Environmental Health Australia (EHA) also amends its website to reflect courses that have been assessed and accredited at the national level. WAEHPRB has a long established relationship with EHA and the WAEHPRB participates in the EHA’s accreditation process. This ensures that courses accredited by EHA nationally are accepted Australia-wide, including WA. Refer to the EHA website (external site) for details.

Applicants not possessing any of the displayed qualifications should approach the WAEHOPRB for further information. Applicants will be requested to provide a recent CV, copies of qualifications, and references from previous employers clearly setting out the nature of duties undertaken.

WAEHPRB has developed an ‘Application for Recognition of Environmental Health qualifications obtained overseas’ form which outlines all details required for an assessment. A non-refundable application fee is applicable. These applications should be forwarded to the WAEHOPRB Secretary/Treasurer Vic Andrich, as set out below.

WA EHO Professional Review Board
Department of Health – Environmental Health Directorate
PO Box 8172 
Perth Business Centre WA 6849 

Please note that under some circumstances, assessments can take several months to complete. In general, the more comprehensive the submission, the quicker assessment can be completed.

Further information

For further information contact the Secretary: Vic Andrich at the Environmental Health Directorate email: vic.andrich@health.wa.gov.au

Last reviewed: 29-06-2021
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Environmental Health Directorate