Environmental health - Public Health

Applied environmental health

The Public Health Units - Environmental Health has officers working in Darwin, Alice Springs, Katherine, Nhulunbuy and Tennant Creek, as well as remote communities.

The branch includes a small program and policy development team.

Officers administer the Public and Environmental Health Act and the Food Act to ensure that businesses comply with the following legislation:


The work of the Public Health Units includes:

  • registration of food premises, body art, beauty therapy and commercial visitor accommodation
  • helping Aboriginal communities to develop and maintain environmental health projects that improve living conditions
  • working with other programs in the department and with other agencies, communities and key stakeholders to improve environmental health outcomes and support vulnerable populations
  • investigating and resolving complaints
  • conducting environmental health surveys, research and development.

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Last updated: 22 March 2019

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