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Regulations and standards

This section provides information about waste management regulations and standards and Indigenous environmental health for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander environmental health practitioners.

2013

Public and Environmental Health Act: Northern Territory Australia (2013)

Northern Territory Department of Health and Families

Northern Territory Environment Protection Authority (2013)

Guidelines for the siting, design and management of solid waste disposal sites in the Northern Territory.

Darwin: Northern Territory Environment Protection Authority

These guidelines were developed to help landfill operators be aware of Northern Territory Government requirements regarding the development and operation of landfills, and provide landfill designers and operators with advice to help in minimising the impact of landfills on human health and the environment.

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Queensland public health act 2005 (2013)

Queensland Government

Victorian public health and wellbeing act 2008 (2013)

State Government of Victoria

Victorian public health and wellbeing regulations 2009 (2013)

State Government of Victoria

2012

South Australian Public Health Act 2011 (2012)

Government of South Australia

Western Australia Health Act 1911 (2012)

Government of Western Australia

NSW public health act 2010 (2012)

New South Wales Government

NSW public health regulation 2012 (2012)

New South Wales Government

Environmental health fact sheet no. 516: requirements for the installation of ventilated improved pit (VIP) toilets (2012)

Northern Territory Department of Health

This factsheet outlines the requirements for the installation of ventilated improved pit (VIP) toilets in the Northern Territory (NT). VIP toilets are the only type of pit toilet permitted in the NT.

The factsheet provides information about:

  • how toilets must be designed
  • what handwashing facilities must be included
  • where the toilets must be located
  • how the toilets should be managed once installed
  • how the NT Department of Health must be notified about the installation of a new toilet.

The factsheet makes particular reference to the type of VIP designed by the Centre for Appropriate Technology (CAT).

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Queensland public health regulation 2005 (2012)

Queensland Government

2010

Centre for Appropriate Technology (2010)

National Indigenous infrastructure guide.

Alice Springs: Centre for Appropriate Technology

This publication provides a framework to facilitate an understanding of the issues which arise in the provision of infrastructure for remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. The main focus of the guide is the installation and maintenance of infrastructure which is appropriate and sustainable for remote Indigenous communities. The importance of community in this process is highlighted in the guide.

The National Indigenous infrastructure guide complements the existing National Indigenous Housing Guide and the Environmental Health Handbooks. The guide provides information on:

  • existing research
  • codes and standards
  • resources
  • community infrastructure

The guide was produced by the Centre for Appropriate Technology (CAT) with funding from the Australian Government Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA).

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Centre for Appropriate Technology (2010)

National Indigenous infrastructure guide: stormwater.

In: Centre for Appropriate Technology, ed. National Indigenous infrastructure guide. Alice Springs: Centre for Appropriate Technology: 21

This publication provides a framework to facilitate an understanding the issue of stormwater management which arises in the provision of infrastructure for remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. The main focus of the guide is the installation and maintenance of infrastructure which is appropriate and sustainable for remote Indigenous communities. The importance of community in this process is highlighted in the guide.

The National Indigenous infrastructure guide complements the existing National Indigenous Housing Guide and the Environmental Health Handbooks. The guide provides information on:

  • existing research
  • codes and standards
  • resources
  • community infrastructure

The guide was produced by the Centre for Appropriate Technology (CAT) with funding from the Australian Government Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA).

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Centre for Appropriate Technology (2010)

National Indigenous infrastructure guide: waste.

In: Centre for Appropriate Technology, ed. National Indigenous infrastructure guide. Alice Springs: Centre for Appropriate Technology: 36

This publication provides a framework to facilitate an understanding the issue of waste management which arises in the provision of infrastructure for remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. The main focus of the guide is the installation and maintenance of infrastructure which is appropriate and sustainable for remote Indigenous communities. The importance of community in this process is highlighted in the guide.

The National Indigenous infrastructure guide complements the existing National Indigenous Housing Guide and the Environmental Health Handbooks. The guide provides information on:

  • existing research
  • codes and standards
  • resources
  • community infrastructure

The guide was produced by the Centre for Appropriate Technology (CAT) with funding from the Australian Government Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA).

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Centre for Appropriate Technology (2010)

National Indigenous infrastructure guide: wastewater.

In: Centre for Appropriate Technology, ed. National Indigenous infrastructure guide. Alice Springs: Centre for Appropriate Technology: 33

This publication provides a framework to facilitate an understanding the issue of waste water management which arises in the provision of infrastructure for remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. The main focus of the guide is the installation and maintenance of infrastructure which is appropriate and sustainable for remote Indigenous communities. The importance of community in this process is highlighted in the guide.

The National Indigenous infrastructure guide complements the existing National Indigenous Housing Guide and the Environmental Health Handbooks. The guide provides information on:

  • existing research
  • codes and standards
  • resources
  • community infrastructure

The guide was produced by the Centre for Appropriate Technology (CAT) with funding from the Australian Government Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA).

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

2009

Administrative procedures - approval of conventional septic tank systems outside a building control area (2009)

Northern Territory Department of Health and Families

This factsheet outlines the administrative procedures for the approval of conventional septic tank systems outside a building control area. It includes information relating to the following topics:

  • conventional and alternative septic tank systems;
  • the role of regulatory authorities;
  • building control areas and water management zones; and
  • environmental health officer approval to install a conventional septic tank outside of a building control area.

The factsheet also lists the contact details of environmental health offices throughout the Northern Territory.

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Waste Management and Pollution Control Act: Northern Territory Australia (2009)

Northern Territory Department of Health and Families

This is the Waste Management and Pollution Control Act for the Northern Territory. The Act provides for the protection of the environment through encouragement of effective waste management, pollution prevention and control practices.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Water Supply and Sewerage Services Act: Northern Territory Australia (2009)

Northern Territory Department of Health and Families

This is the Water Supply and Sewerage Services Act for the Northern Territory. The purpose of the Act is to regulate the water supply and sewerage services industries, specifically to:

  • promote the safe and efficient provision of water supply and sewerage services;
  • establish and enforce standards of service in water supply and sewerage services;
  • facilitate the provision of financially viable water supply and sewerage services; and
  • protect the interests of customers.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

2007

Public Health (General Sanitation, Mosquito Prevention, Rat Exclusion and Prevention) Regulations: Northern Territory Australia (2007)

Northern Territory Department of Health and Families

These public health regulations govern how public sanitation, mosquito control and rat control should be conducted in the Northern Territory (NT). The sanitation regulations include the requirements for operating septic tanks in the NT.

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2005

National Occupational Health and Safety Commission (2005)

Code of practice for the safe removal of asbestos: 2nd Edition.

Canberra: Safework Australia

A guideline providing advice on the legal requirements for safely removing asbestos and asbestos containing materials from a workplace including buildings and infrastructure, plant and equipment and vehicles.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

2002

National Public Health Partnership (2002)

A summary of public health laws of relevance to remote and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

Melbourne: National Public Health Partnership

Public Health Services (2002)

The impact of the health act 1937 on public health in Queensland's remote Indigenous communities: public health law and Indigenous.

Brisbane: Queensland Health

2000

Utilities Act (2000)

Australian Capital Territory Government

Water and Sewerage Act (2000)

Australian Capital Territory Government

Queensland Government (2000)

Environmental protection (waste management) policy.

Brisbane: Queensland Government

Environmental protection (waste management) regulation (2000)

Queensland Government

1996

Northern Territory Department of Health and Families (1996)

Code of practice for small on-site sewage and sullage treatment systems and the disposal or reuse of sewage effluent.

Darwin: Northern Territory Department of Health and Families

 
Last updated: 12 May 2014
 
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