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Related publications

This section provides details of water supply publications related to policies and strategies of relevance to Indigenous environmental health for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander environmental health practitioners.


National Health and Medical Research Council, Natural Resource Management Ministerial Council (2016)

Australian drinking water guidelines 6: National water quality management strategy.

Canberra: National Health and Medical Research Council and Natural Resource Management Ministerial Council

The Australian drinking water guidelines are intended to provide a framework for good management of drinking water supplies, that, if implemented, will assure safety at point of use. The guidelines are designed to provide an authoritative reference on what defines safe, good quality water, how it can be achieved and how it can be assured.

The guidelines have been developed after consideration of the best available scientific evidence and address both the health and aesthetic quality aspects of supplying good quality drinking water.

Content covered includes:

  • management of drinking water quality
  • description of water quality
  • monitoring.

The guidelines are not mandatory standards, however they provide a basis for determining the quality of water to be supplied to consumers in all parts of Australia. These determinations need to consider the diverse array of regional or local factors, and take into account economic, political and cultural issues, including customer expectations and willingness and ability to pay.

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Western Australian Regional Services Reform Unit (2016)

Resilient Families, Strong Communities: a roadmap for regional and remote Aboriginal communities.

Perth, WA: Western Australian Regional Services Reform Unit

This report sets out the Western Australia (WA) Government's plan for long-term reform in regional and remote Aboriginal communities, and its priority actions for the next two years. The report is intended to be used by the WA Government, in consultation with other agencies, communities and industry, to bring about improvements to the standard of living for Aboriginal people, initially in the regional and remote communities of the Pilbara and Kimberley.

The report focuses on the three main areas of improving living conditions, supporting families, and providing more opportunities. Ten priority actions are given for the first two year stage of the reform process.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract


Centre for Appropriate Technology (2012)

Evaluation of the community water planner and community water planner field guide: workshop report.

Alice Springs: Centre for Appropriate Technology


Coordinator General for Remote Indigenous Services (2011)

Coordinator General for Remote Indigenous Services six monthly report September 2010 - March 2011.

Canberra: Office of the Coordinator General for Remote Indigenous Services


Environmental Health Needs Coordinating Committee (2010)

Environmental health needs of Aboriginal communities in Western Australia: the 2008 survey and its findings.

Perth: Western Australian Department of Health, Public Health Division

The Western Australian Environmental health needs survey was conducted over 2007 and 2008 and is the third survey in a series which surveyed housing, services, utilities, community infrastructure and the immediate living environment in discrete Aboriginal communities in WA. Data collected related to over 15,000 residents from 232 communities. This publication reports the outcomes of this survey and provides a comparison with the outcomes of the 1997 and 2004 surveys.

The survey was conducted by environmental health practitioners who work with and in discrete Aboriginal communities. The practitioners visited the communities to survey existing infrastructure. Information was also collected about levels of community satisfaction and any concerns with the provision of essential, municipal and allied services which influenced and affected environmental health in the communities.

The core environmental health and infrastructure issues covered in the report were:

  • water
  • electricity
  • housing
  • solid waste disposal
  • sanitation
  • dust
  • dog health programs
  • emergency management

The report provides an evidence base which highlights the continued environmental health issues faced by many of the communities who participated in the survey. It is the foundation for the future direction of service plans and delivery in discrete communities.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract


New South Wales Aboriginal Land Council (2008)

A submission from the New South Wales Aboriginal Land Council to the Inquiry into Overcoming Indigenous Disadvantage.

Sydney: New South Wales Aboriginal Land Council


Environmental Health Needs Coordinating Committee (2005)

Environmental health needs of Indigenous communities in Western Australia: the 2004 survey and its findings.

Perth: Government of Western Australia

This report presents the results of the 2004 Environmental Health Needs Survey (EHNS) of Indigenous communities in Western Australia. In total, 274 Indigenous communities participated in the EHNS and 2801 dwelling forms were completed on individual households. In the report, data on core environmental health indicators are analysed for Western Australia's ATSIC regions, and comparisons are made with data from the 1997 EHNS. The indicators include water, electricity, housing, sanitation, solid waste, dust, dog control, and emergency management. Since the 1997 EHNS, progress has been made in larger communities on the indicators for water, electricity and sewerage. In smaller communities less progress has been made. Overall, more dwellings can be classified as 'adequate', but repairs and maintenance on housing need more attention.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract


Urbis Keys Young (2002)

Accountability in Indigenous environmental health services - Australia 2002: Indigenous environmental health mapping project.

Canberra: EnHealth Council, Department of Health and Ageing

The Department of Health and Ageing commissioned this report on behalf of the enHealth Council in 2002. The report provides a systematic account, or 'map', of the roles and responsibilities of key agencies or organisations involved in providing, managing or funding Indigenous environmental health services (at the time the report was written). In particular, the research was concerned with drinking water, housing, sewerage, waste management, pest control and food.

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Last updated: 7 September 2017
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