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This section provides information about housing and community regulations and standards relevant to Indigenous environmental health for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander environmental health practitioners.

2013

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

2012

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: energy.

In: Centre for Appropriate Technology, ed. National Indigenous infrastructure guide. Alice Springs: Centre for Appropriate Technology: 38

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

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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: 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).

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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).

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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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South Australian Department of Planning and Local Government (2009)

Housing on designated Aboriginal lands: Minister's Specification SA 78A: Development Act 1993.

Adelaide: South Australian Department of Planning and Local Government

2006

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

2005

National Occupational Health and Safety Commission (2005)

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

Canberra: Safework Australia

This guideline provides advice on the legal requirements for safely removing asbestos and asbestos containing materials (ACM) from a workplace including buildings and infrastructure, plant and equipment and vehicles.

The guideline, which regulates asbestos in the workplace, has been adopted by all Australian, state and territory jurisdictions and therefore provides a consistent, national approach to the control of hazardous substances in Australian workplaces.

Some of the topics covered in the guideline include:

  • responsibilities of clients
  • responsibilities of asbestos removalists
  • asbestos removal control plan
  • emergency plan
  • planning for ACM removal from hot surfaces
  • planning for decontamination
  • determining the asbestos removal boundaries
  • security, signs and barriers
  • electrical and lighting installations
  • preparation
  • wet and dry methods for removing ACM
  • asbestos removal equipment.

Please note that the work practices and precautions that need to be adopted for the removal of ACM vary considerably, depending on the type of ACM involved, their condition and location, so the controls discussed in this guideline therefore need to be adapted to the particular circumstances of each asbestos removal process.

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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

2001

Public Health Services (2001)

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

Brisbane: Queensland Health

1975

Building Act (Queensland) (1975)

Queensland Government

 
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