Australian Infection Control Guidelines 2019

The Australian Infection Control Guidelines 2019 aim to promote and facilitate the overall goal of infection prevention and control, through the creation of safe healthcare environments through the implementation of practices that minimise the risk of transmission of infectious agents.

About the Guidelines 

The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) and the Commission have recently updated the Australian Guidelines for the Prevention and Control of Infection in Healthcare (May 2019). The Australian Infection Control Guidelines are an important resource to support the National Safety and Quality Health Service Standard: Preventing and Controlling Healthcare-Associated Infection, and provide a basis for healthcare workers and healthcare facilities to develop protocols and processes for infection prevention and control specific to local settings.

These Guidelines are based on the following core principles:

  • an understanding of the modes of transmission of infectious agents and of risk management
  • effective work practices that minimise the risk of transmission of infectious agents
  • governance structures that support the implementation, monitoring and reporting of infection prevention and control work practices
  • compliance with legislation, regulations and standards relevant to infection control.