Australian national notifiable diseases by disease type

This page lists Australia's nationally notifiable diseases classified by disease type.

Page last updated: 18 February 2015

Bloodborne diseases

  • Hepatitis (NEC)
  • Hepatitis B (newly acquired)
  • Hepatitis B (unspecified)
  • Hepatitis C (newly acquired)
  • Hepatitis C (unspecified)
  • Hepatitis D

Gastrointestinal diseases

  • Botulism
  • Campylobacteriosis
  • Cryptosporidiosis
  • Haemolytic uraemic syndrome (otherwise known as HUS)
  • Hepatitis A
  • Hepatitis E
  • Listeriosis
  • Salmonellosis
  • Shiga Toxin-producing E. Coli or Verotoxin‑producing E. Coli (otherwise known, respectively, as STEC or VTEC)
  • Shigellosis
  • Typhoid fever

Quarantinable diseases

  • Cholera
  • Highly pathogenic avian influenza (human)
  • Plague
  • Rabies
  • Severe acute respiratory syndrome (otherwise known as SARS)
  • Smallpox
  • Viral haemorrhagic fever
  • Yellow fever

Sexually transmissible infections

  • Chlamydia
  • Donovanosis
  • Gonococcal infection
  • Syphilis-congenital
  • Syphilis-less than 2 years duration
  • Syphilis-more than 2 years duration or unspecified duration
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Vaccine preventable diseases

  • Diphtheria
  • Haemophilus influenzae type b
  • Influenza (laboratory confirmed)
  • Measles
  • Mumps
  • Pertussis
  • Pneumococcal disease-invasive
  • Poliomyelitis
  • Rubella
  • Rubella-congenital
  • Tetanus
  • Varicella zoster infection-Chickenpox
  • Varicella zoster infection-Shingles
  • Varicella zoster infection-unspecified

Vectorborne diseases

  • Barmah Forest virus infection
  • Chikungunya virus infection
  • Dengue virus infection
  • Flavivirus infection (unspecified)
  • Japanese encephalitis virus infection
  • Kunjin virus infection
  • Malaria
  • Murray Valley encephalitis virus infection
  • Ross River virus infection

Note: Vectorborne means transmitted by an insect or other organism.


  • Anthrax
  • Australian bat lyssavirus infection
  • Brucellosis
  • Leptospirosis
  • Lyssavirus infection (NEC)
  • Ornithosis (otherwise known as Psittacosis)
  • Q fever
  • Tularaemia

Note: The term Zoonoses refers to diseases which are communicable to humans from another animal species.

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Other bacterial diseases

  • Legionellosis
  • Leprosy
  • Meningococcal disease-invasive
  • Tuberculosis

Diseases under national surveillance performed by surveillance bodies other than the Department of Health

  • Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (otherwise known as CJD)
  • Variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (otherwise known as vCJD)
  • Human immunodeficiency virus (otherwise known as HIV)
  • Acquired immune deficiency syndrome (otherwise known as AIDS)

Note: The term ‘surveillance bodies other than the Department of Health’ refers to the following non-government bodies:

  1. the Australian National Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease Registry; and
  2. the Kirby Institute for infection and immunity in society.