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This section provides information on regulations and standards about 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 provide guidance to landfill operators, developers, planning authorities and regularity bodies on the site selection, development, design, construction, operation, closure and post-closure of municipal solid waste and commercial and industrial general waste landfill facilities so that they can comply with the Waste management and pollution control act.

Developed by the Northern Territory Environment Protection Authority, the purpose of the guidelines is to provide a consistent and environmentally responsible approach to managing landfills in the Northern Territory. The guide should be used for the planning of environmental approvals, licensing for new landfill sites and expansion of existing landfill sites.

The main topics covered by the guideline are:

  • regulation
  • site selection
  • landfill design
  • landfill operation and management
  • environmental monitoring.

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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

2011

Water Act: Northern Territory Australia (2011)

Northern Territory Department of Natural Resources Environment the Arts and Sport

South Australia Safe Drinking Water Act 2011 (2011)

South Australia Attorney-General's Department

Fact sheet: South Australian Public Health Act 2011 (2011)

South Australian Department of Health

This factsheet explains the changes that have been made to South Australia's public health legislation under the state's new Public Health Act 2011.

The factsheet explains:

  • why the legislation has changed
  • what the differences are between the old and the new legislation
  • how the new legislation protects the public in an emergency
  • how the new legislation changes the powers of health officials
  • how the new legislation affects the general public.

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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: telecommunications.

In: Centre for Appropriate Technology, ed. National Indigenous infrastructure guide. Alice Springs: Centre for Appropriate Technology: 34

This publication provides a framework to facilitate an understanding the issue of telecommunications 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).

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Centre for Appropriate Technology (2010)

National Indigenous infrastructure guide: transport.

In: Centre for Appropriate Technology, ed. National Indigenous infrastructure guide. Alice Springs: Centre for Appropriate Technology: 30

This publication provides a framework to facilitate an understanding the issue of transport 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).

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2009

New South Wales Aboriginal Housing Office (2009)

Aboriginal Housing Office housing guidelines.

Sydney: New South Wales Aboriginal Housing Office

This document outlined the monitoring and compliance functions of the Aboriginal Housing Office (NSW). It described the requirements Aboriginal Community Housing Providers need to follow in relation to the monitoring and compliance framework. In addition, it provided guidelines for the design and construction, purchase or maintenance of houses funded by the AHO.

These guidelines replaced the Standards for Building Aboriginal Housing (1999).

The guidelines are no longer accessible online.

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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.

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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.

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Queensland Government (2009)

Environmental protection (water) policy 2009.

Brisbane: Queensland Government

This is the Environmental Protection (Water) Policy 2009 for the State of Queensland. The document covers topics including:

  • application and purpose of policy;
  • management goals and water quality objectives for waters;
  • management of activities; and
  • environmental plans.

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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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2006

Corporations (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) Consequential, Transitional and Other Measures Act 2006 (2006)

Attorney-General's Department Australia

Indigenous Environmental Health Coordinating Committee (2006)

Code of practice for housing and infrastructure development in Western Australian Indigenous communities: 2006 (revised).

Perth: State of Western Australia - Department of Indigenous Affairs

The aim of this document, the Code of practice for housing and infrastructure development in Western Australian Indigenous communities: 2006 is to raise long-term basic living standards in discrete Indigenous communities.

The objective is to develop the most appropriate infrastructure for each community with this code of practice providing guidelines to achieve this objective.

All state and commonwealth agencies which have committed to the housing bilateral must use this code of practice. 

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Building Regulations (2006)

Victorian Legislation and Parliamentary Documents

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

National Public Health Partnership (2002)

The role of local government in public health regulation.

Melbourne: Department of Human Services, Victoria

Northern Territory of Australia Power and Water Corporation Act (2002)

Northern Territory Department of Health and Families

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

Health (Quality of Drinking Water) Regulations (2002)

Victorian Legislation and Parliamentary Documents

2001

Public Health Services (2001)

The impact of the integrated planning act 1997 on public health in Queensland's remote Indigenous communities: public health law.

Brisbane: Queensland Health

Public Health Services (2001)

The impact of the residential tenancies act 1994 on public health in Queensland's remote Indigenous communities.

Brisbane: Queensland Health

Health (Infectious Diseases) Regulations (2001)

Victorian Legislation and Parliamentary Documents

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

Water Act (Queensland) (2000)

Queensland Government

1975

Building Act (Queensland) (1975)

Queensland Government

 
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