Environmental Health

Provision of Public and Environmental Health Services

Public and Environmental Health encompasses public health and the natural and built systems in which we live. The Manager Environmental Health Services can assist you with advice on a variety of public and environmental health issues such as food safety, infectious diseases, pest control, housing, waste disposal, insanitary conditions, hazardous substances, pollution, local natural systems, effluent reuse, and many other aspects within the Port Augusta area.

Monitoring of Public Facilities and Services

Council's environmental health program includes regular visits to various businesses and establishments to ensure that any risks to the community are managed in an acceptable manner. Council monitors public swimming and spa pools, cooling towers, food outlets, hairdressing and beauty salons and natural systems for vector and nuisance control.

Food Safety

As well as regular assessments of food premises, Council is involved in food recalls, investigation of food related complaints, food poisoning occurrences, provision of information and food premises notification requirements.

A food business, regardless of whether it is commercial or charitable, must notify Council of their existence. Also, any change of key personnel, address, telephone number, common or business name, or operating method, must be updated immediately. Notification or changes to an existing notification can be done on line at OR by completing the attached form (below) and sending it direct to Council and to be received at Council PRIOR to trading.

Food Business Notification Form Food%20Business%20Notification%20Form (56 kb)

Food stalls

The attached Food Business notification form (in pdf format) shall be used when food stalls are being operated throughout the Port Augusta district and forwarded to Council at least 48 hours before the event occurs.

Food Business Notification Form Food%20Business%20Notification%20Form (56 kb)

Further details can be obtained from Council's Manager Environmental Health Services.

Environmental Issues

The responsibility to respond to pollution incidents is shared between the Environment Protection Authority and Council, including but not limited to:

  • Local air quality concerns eg: wood smoke, backyard burning, odours.
  • Stormwater pollution, oil, coolant, paint, cement slurry and other types of liquid waste.

The Environmental Protection Authority can assist with:

  • Dust nuisance
    Prior to contacting the EPA you may also need to obtain a log and full details of all occurrences in relation to the dust nuisance.
  • Noise issues
    (other than dogs, parrots and roosters as these issues are dealt with by the General Inspectors at the Council)

Handbook for Pollution Avoidance on Building Sites(1108 kb)

The Environmental Protection authority can be contacted on:

Phone (08) 8204 2004
Freecall Country on 1800 623 445
Fax (08) 8124 4670

You may also find information on:

Police can also assist with people noise eg parties, loud radios and stereos, revving cars by calling 131 444

Asbestos and the Home Renovator

General asbestos awareness and information: Asbestos Awareness website

Information from Safework SA on Asbestos - a business unit of the department for administrative and information services:

Asbestos and the Home Renovator(236 kb) -- a basic guide on what you need to know about asbestos

See also useful information and contacts at the end of the document.

Info on Asbestos available also from the Department of Health

Asbestos in and around your home

Asbestos - A guide for householders and the general public

This also has some useful contacts at the end of the document on where to go for certain issues and includes agency collaboration.

Asbestos in our built environment from Safewwork SA (incl. useful contacts):

Asbestos in our Built Environment

Asbestos and Reporting the Dumping of

Environmental Protection Authority can be contacted on

(08) 8204 2004
1800 623 455 (Country callers)


For help and/or enquiries related to asbestos and/or its dumping please also contact direct

SafeWork SA
Help and Early Intervention Centre
1300 365 255

whom may be able to assist with all your enquiries.

Needles and Syringes

A needle disposal service is available for residents.

1.4 and 5 litre sharps containers can be purchased for a subsidised rate.

The above costs are half the actual purchase price which is met by Council in the interest of public safety.

The containers should be returned to the Civic Centre for disposal when full. There is no charge for disposal which is fully subsidised by Council.

It is important to note that all containers prior to receipt at Council should be clean and taped/sealed down otherwise they will not be accepted at the Civic Centre of Council.

Septic Tank Installations

Public and Environmental Health (Waste Control) Fee Schedule

Under the Regulations, Council requires an application to be certified by a technical expert (geotechnical engineer).

Accordingly, all applications must be certified by a geotechnical engineer that the design of the installation as shown on the plans, will comply with the requirements of the relevant Regulations and current Standards including but not limited to the specific Onsite Wastewater Code(s).

All plumbing work associated with the installation of a septic tank / aerobic tank and its disposal area must be undertaken by an appropriately qualified plumber.

Septic Tank Systems Care and maintenance(52 kb)

Department of Health approved wastewater products for sale and installation in South Australia

Septic Tank Application

Septic Onsite Wastewater Works Application Form(92 kb)

Information for Plumbers - New Requirements Regarding Onsite Wastewater Systems(249 kb)

Direct link to the on-site wastewater systems code (the code) including details of setbacks and requirements for new / amended septic applications:

On-site Wastewater Systems Code

STEDS/CWMS Application

This application is required when connecting a septic tank into Council's STEDS. This is additional to the standard septic application.

Application for Connection to Septic Tank Effluent Drainage Scheme(55 kb)

Backflush Details for Swimming Pools

Requirements for backflushing your pool in an STED's effluent disposal scheme, or a sewered or unsewered area within the jurisdiction of the Port Augusta City Council.

Backflush Details for Swimming Pools Installed within Port Augusta Backflush%20Details%20for%20Swimming%20Pools%20Installed%20within%20Port%20Augusta (183 kb)

SA Water Swimming Pool Trade Waste Guideline (reviewed 1/3/2013) to be complied with

Rats and Mice – Prevention and Control

Feral rats and mice are very adaptable public health pests. They are not fussy eaters and can make themselves at home in houses, sheds, garages and gardens. As well as causing unpleasant odours and damage to property and possessions, feral rodents can also pose a risk to human health.

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