23 March 2016

Servicing wastewater systems

Conventional Systems (Septic tank systems)

Without written permission from the local government, it is illegal to do the following:

  • Dismantle a wastewater system;
  • Remove a wastewater system wholly or in any part; or
  • Alter or change the system’s mode of operation.

Aerobic Treatment Units

Maintenance work on an Aerobic Treatment Unit (ATU) can only be carried out by service persons authorised by the Executive Director, Public Health (PDF 237KB).

Emptying wastewater systems

Only local government approved persons are permitted to empty a wastewater system. Contact your local government Environmental Health Officer for further information.

Obtaining authorisation to service Aerobic Treatment Units

To obtain authorisation from the Executive Director, Public Health to service ATUs, refer to the following document: Becoming an authorised service technician for domestic on-site wastewater treatment systems.

Last reviewed: 23-03-2016
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