If your home is not connected to the sewer, you may have an on-site sewage 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 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 an on-site sewage management system you will need to transfer the system into your name.
If you have any questions about the on-site sewage 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 below.
Get Septic Smart - Fact Sheets
Working towards safe & responsible on-site sewage management
1. Introduction(PDF, 804KB)
2. Septic Tank and Absorption Trench(PDF, 1MB)
3. Aerated Wastewater Treatment System (AWTS)(PDF, 406KB)
4. Why you should Maintain your System(PDF, 365KB)
5. Responsibilities of Owners(PDF, 593KB)
6. Problems with your System(PDF, 361KB)
7. Dos and Don'ts(PDF, 675KB)
8. Approval to Operate(PDF, 405KB)
9. What to Expect When You're Inspected(PDF, 424KB)
10. Water Conservation Tips(PDF, 402KB)
11. Planting List(PDF, 460KB)
12. Common Terms(PDF, 418KB)