On-site Sewage Management Systems 

Septic Tanks, Composting Toilets, Worm Farms etc

If your home is not connected to the sewer, you may have an on-site sewerage management system, such as a septic tank, composting toilet or aerated system.

There are special regulations that apply to these systems. As the owner of the property, it is your responsibility to ensure that the system is approved by your local council and that it is working properly.  On-site systems can be a risk to the health of your family and other community members if they are not properly maintained. They can also cause harm to the environment.

To ensure that your system meets the requirements, you will need to obtain two approvals from your local council.

After you obtain these approvals, the council will carry out regular inspections to make sure the system is working properly. Councils can charge inspection fees for this service.

If you have purchased a property with a On-Site Sewage Management System you will need to transfer the system into your name. 

If you have any questions about the on-site sewerage system requirements, your local council can help, or consult the Easy Septic Guide which you can download by clicking on the link or see our fact sheets.

Get SepticSmart - Fact Sheets

Working Towards Safe & Responsible On-Site Sewage Management

1.  Introduction

2.  Septic Tank and Absorption Trench

3.  Aerated Wastewater Treatment System (AWTS)

4.  Why Should You Maintain Your System

5.  Responsibilities of  Owners

6.  Problems With Your System

7.  Dos and Don'ts 

8.  Approval to Operate 

9.  What to Expect When You're Inspected

10. Water Conservation Tips

11. Planting List

12. Common Terms