In a life threatening emergency dial Triple Zero (000)

In a life threatening emergency dial Triple Zero (000)
ACT Public Hospitals

Canberra Hospital

5124 0000

Calvary Hospital

6201 6111

Mental Health

Call Mental Health Triage on

1800 629 354

(free call except from mobiles or public phones) or

6205 1065

Poisons Hotline

For a poison emergency in Australia call


Drug and Alcohol Help Line

The Drug and Alcohol Help Line is available 24-hours, 7 days a week on

5124 9977

Health Protection Service

For after hours urgent public health matters including environmental health, radiation safety, food poisoning and communicable disease management phone:

(02) 6205 1700


24 hour health advice

1800 022 222

ACT State Emergency Service

Emergency help
during flood or storms

132 500

Container Deposit Scheme

The ACT Container Deposit Scheme (CDS) has now begun.

The industry-funded Scheme encourages recycling within the Canberra community and aims to reduce litter and waste to landfill.

Under the Scheme, consumers are able to return eligible, empty beverage containers and receive a 10 cent refund for each container. Residents are able to collect the refund themselves or donate it to charity.

Most containers commonly found in the litter stream including aluminium, glass, PET, HDPE, steel and liquid paperboard beverage containers between 150 millilitres and 3 litres are eligible containers under the Scheme.

Containers not eligible for a refund are ones that aren’t commonly found in litter, including including all plain milk, flavoured milks 1L and above, pure juice drinks, wine and spirit bottles, cordials.

There are nine return points currently in operation, including seven express points in Vinnies and Salvos shop fronts. By July 2019 there will be 18 return points across Canberra.

For further information please visit the ACT CDS website.

ACT Government Documents