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Public Health Concerns


Smoking and Tobacco

There are strict laws currently in place in Victoria regarding the sale of tobacco products and smoking in public buildings. The City of Greater Dandenong and other State Government authorities are responsible for enforcing these laws, actioning any reports and issuing infringements where required.

Information on Smoking and Tobacco Legislation can be found on the Victorian Government tobacco reform website


Smoking in outdoor dining and drinking areas

As from 1 August 2017, the Tobacco Amendment Act 2016 legislates that smoking is banned at any outdoor dining areas when food is available for consumption.

This will include:

  • Premises such as restaurants, cafés, take-away shops and licenced premises, including courtyard dining areas and footpath dining
  • Food fairs
  • Other organised outdoor events, including community or street festivals

For more information, visit the smoke-free outdoor dining page.


Sale of tobacco to minors

It is illegal to sell tobacco to minors. Council will investigate all reports of tobacco sales to persons under the age of 18 within the municipality. To report the illegal sale of tobacco, contact Council.


Smoking in the workplace

Smoking is now prohibited in most enclosed workplaces whether or not the people working at the workplace are paid or volunteers. For more information visit the tobacco reforms website.



Head lice

Head lice, also known as nits, are tiny insects that live on the human scalp using blood as their nourishment. They lay eggs in the hair shaft which can often be mistaken as dandruff, however, it cannot be brushed out. The most common symptom of head lice is an itchy head which occurs when the lice bite the scalp.

Head lice is a common childhood complaint as children are often in close contact with each other, allowing the insects to crawl from head to head. However, adults are also vulnerable to head lice.

The City of Greater Dandenong does not offer head lice checks in schools.

Treating head lice involves removing lice and eggs from the hair. There are two ways you can do this:

  1. Buying and using a head lice lotion or shampoo, following the instructions on the product
  2. Using the condition and comb method every second day until there have been no live lice found for ten days

For more information on how to treat head lice visit www2.health.vic.gov.au/headlice.



Infectious diseases

Infectious diseases can be transmitted through unhygienic equipment and practices used during:

  • ear piercing
  • body piercing
  • tattooing
  • beauty treatments
  • hairdressing.

If you are concerned that you may have an infectious disease due to above reasons, you should see your local doctor immediately. If necessary, the doctor will contact Council's Environmental Health Unit to investigate.