These Guidelines 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.

These 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.

The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) is leading a process to update the 2010 Guidelines in collaboration with the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Healthcare. It is anticipated that the revised guidelines will be published by mid-2019.


The Ossie Toolkit for the implementation of the Australian Guidelines for the Prevention of Infection in Health Care 2010 aims to provide practical tools, resources and information that can be used in a range of health care settings to help implement the Australian Guidelines for the Prevention and Control of Infection in Healthcare. The toolkit has been based on recommendations from documents that have been developed to support guideline implementation in a range of contexts, as well as lessons from the growing body of research on the topic of implementation, and the advice of experienced infection control practitioners and professionals.

The toolkit is complemented by a Guidebook for Primary Care Settings. Templates and checklists to assist with forming business cases, action plans and assessments:

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