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

131126

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

healthdirect

24 hour health advice

1800 022 222

ACT State Emergency Service

Emergency help
during flood or storms

132 500

National Waste Policy


The 2018 National Waste Policy provides a framework for collective action by businesses, governments, communities and individuals until 2030. The policy was agreed by all jurisdictions at the Eighth Meeting of Environment Ministers on 7 December 2018.

The policy identifies five overarching principles underpinning waste management in a circular economy. These include:

Ministers agreed, by their next meeting, to the urgent development of a strong, national action plan that includes appropriate funding, robust targets, and milestones to implement the 2018 National Waste Policy.

Ministers also agreed to strengthen the national action plan to address Environment Ministers’ waste priorities. These include reducing plastic pollution, supporting industry development, increasing demand for recycled materials through procurement, and a national approach to waste policy and regulation, for example in regard to cross-border transportation of waste, consideration of proximity principles, and a coordinated approach to waste levies on the mainland.

National Waste Policy (PDF 1.4MB)