Public health guidelines for group homes

Group homes are residences for students or other groups of people who cannot provide their own accommodation.

Group homes are not run as commercial businesses.

Keep group homes healthy

Unlike traditional family homes, group homes may accommodate larger numbers of people.

When many residents share the same facilities (i.e. kitchen, bathroom, laundry), it can increase their risk of getting sick.

Group homes must have high public health standards to minimise disease transmission and other health-related issues.

This affects all stages of a group home’s lifecycle, including:

  • design
  • construction
  • operation
  • maintenance.


For more information about how to keep group homes healthy, read public health guidelines for group homes.

For more information contact Environmental Health.

Last updated: 23 July 2015

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