Schedule of Charges 2020-21

Schedule of Charges 2020-21

Public Health Laboratory

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Water Testing

Water Testing Methods

Method

Standard

Time

Cost

* Sterility - Contact/Exposure/Vial/Air

Incubation

-

5 days

$12

* Marine Colony Count (MCC)

Pour Plate

DPIPWE Protocol

2 days

$40

Heterotrophic Colony Count (HCC)

Pour Plate

AS4276.3.1/.2

2 days

$40

Heterotrophic Plate Count (HPC)

HPC for Quantitray

PHL 11.3

2 days

$40

Coliforms

MF, MPN

AS4276.5 / .6

3 days

$40

Thermotolerant Coliforms (TC) / E. coli

MF, MPN

AS4276.6 / .7

3 days

$60

Coliforms / Escherichia coli

Colilert (CL)

AS4276.21

1 day

$50

Enterococci

MF, Enterolert

AS4276.9, PHL 8.4

1 day

$40

Pseudomonas aeruginosa

MF

AS4276.13

3 days

$40

Legionella spp. (Screening)

Spread Plate

AS3896

7 days

$45

Legionella spp. (Confirmation)

Spread Plate

AS3896

9 days

$65

Salmonella spp. – Presence/Absence

Enrichment

AS4276.14

3 days

$65

* Listeria spp. – Presence/Absence

Enrichment

PHL 13

5 days

$65

Sample Type – Grouped Tests

    

Potable - Coliforms, E. coli

Colilert

AS4276.21

1 day

$50

Beach/Natural - Enterococci

Enterolert

PHL 8.4

1 day

$40

Environment - Coliform/E. coli, Enterococci

Colilert / Enterolert

AS4276.21, PHL 8.4

1 day

$70

Natural - TC, E. coli

MF

AS4276.7

2 days

$60

Factory - Coliforms, TC, E. coli

MF

AS4276.5 / .7

3 days

$75

Natural/Effluent - TC, E. coli, Enterococci

MF / Enterolert

AS4276.7, PHL 8.4

2 days

$90

Pool - HCC, E. coli, Ps. aeruginosa

Pour / MF

AS4276.3.1/ .7 / .13

2 days

$75

Irrigation - HCC, Coliforms, E. coli

Pour / Colilert

AS4276.3.1/ .21

2 days

$75

TSQAP - Presumptive TC, E.coli

MF

AS4276.7

2 days

$50

Cooling Twr (Screen) – HCC, Legionella

Spread / Pour

AS3896, AS4276.3.2

7 days

$65

Cooling Twr (Confirm) – HCC, Legionella

Spread / Pour

AS3896, AS4276.3.2

9 days

$85

MF    = Membrane Filtration

MPN = Most Probable Number

Note: All prices are GST inclusive

NATA Scope of Accreditation. The Laboratory has NATA accreditation (Accreditation Number: 1785) for all the tests listed above, except those indicated by asterisk (e.g. *Marine Colony Count).

Sample Submission. The Laboratory is open 8:45 am - 5:00 pm Monday - Friday, but samples should not be submitted after 2:00 pm on Friday without prior notification. Large numbers of samples, or complex testing (e.g. Food, Legionella in water) should also be notified to confirm media availability.

Confidentiality. The Public Health Laboratory is accredited against ISO 17025, which requires that all customer information should be treated as confidential, except where required by law. Customers are advised that the laboratory is legally required to notify the Director of Public Health of notifiable food and water contaminants under the relevant Guidelines to the Public Health Act 1997.

Food Testing

Food Testing Methods

Method

Standard

Time

Cost

Simple preparation

Homogenisation

AS5013.11.1

-

Included

Complex preparation - shucking, composite

Multiple Processing

AS5013.11.2/.3/.4

-

$25

Standard Plate Count

Pour Plate

AS5013.1/.5

3 days

$45

Coliforms

Pour Plate/MPN

AS5013.3/.4

3 days

$45

Escherichia coli (rapid 24-hour method)

Spread Plate

AS5013.19.1

1 day

$45

Escherichia coli

MPN

AS5013.15

3 days

$45

Bacillus cereus

Spread Plate

AS5013.2

2 days

$45

Coagulase-positive Staphylococcus aureus

Spread Plate/MPN

AS5013.12.1/.2/.3

3 days

$45

* Clostridium perfringens

Spread Plate

AS5013.16

2 days

$45

* Yeasts & Moulds

Spread Plate

AS5013.29

7 days

$45

* Campylobacter

Spread Plate

AS5013.6

5 days

$65

Salmonella spp. - Presence/Absence (P/A)

Enrichment

PHL 1.13

2 days

$55

Salmonella spp. - Presence/Absence (P/A)

Enrichment

AS5013.10

4 days

$65

Listeria monocytogenes - P/A

Enrichment

PHL 1.15

2 days

$55

Listeria spp. (incl. L. monocytogenes) - P/A

Enrichment

AS5013.24.1

5 days

$65

Listeria spp. (incl. L. mono) + Enumeration

Enrichment/Spread

AS5013.24.2

5 days

$85

Vibrio parahaemolyticus

MPN

AS5013.18

7 days

$130

MPN = Most Probable Number

Note: All prices are GST inclusive

NATA Scope of Accreditation. The Laboratory has NATA accreditation (Accreditation Number: 1785) for all the tests listed above, except those indicated by asterisk (e.g. * Yeasts & Moulds). Not all food methods included in the scope are performed routinely and may require notice for media preparation (e.g. Campylobacter and Vibrio parahaemolyticus) – please contact the PHL to discuss food testing needs before sending samples.

Sample Transport from Launceston. The Public Health Laboratory has set up an account with Jet Couriers in Launceston (Ph: 63435033). Samples may be delivered to 9/1 Pipeworks Road, South Launceston, up to 5:30pm Monday-Thursday. Samples should be packed in Eskis, with ice-bricks to keep them refrigerated during overnight transport. Jet Couriers will charge the PHL $11 (GST-incl) per package, which will be added to the testing invoice.

Packages/Eskis for delivery to the PHL should be marked as follows:

Jet Couriers -  Account Code : PHL
To: Public Health Laboratory            
18 St Johns Avenue
NEW TOWN TAS 7008

Eski Return. Eskis/ice-bricks can be returned via Australia Post, at a cost of $6 per package. To be returned, Eskis should be permanently marked with the customer’s address or have a rotatable label. The Eski or submission form should include a request that the eski be returned.

Documentation: Submission forms, accreditation details and other documents can be found on our Public Health Laboratory website

Contact the laboratory on (03) 61661107 to discuss any testing issues not covered above.


Version: Document No. 39 (01 Aug 2020)