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Local Government NSW advocates on behalf of member councils for practical reforms and initiatives that help improve public health and safety.

Health and Safety


Damian Thomas
Strategy Manager, Social and Community  

Phone: 02 9242 4063 

Councils play a crucial role in safeguarding and improving the health and safety of their communities.

As well as having statutory responsibilities for public health protection under both the Public Health Act 2010 and the Food Act 2003, local government provides many additional services that contribute to community health, including immunisation clinics, sporting and recreation facilities and open space, mental health and physical activity programs, clean drinking water, and harm prevention. Councils also have a key role in crime prevention and community safety. 

Healthy built environments
Councils are responsible for creating public places where people can live healthy, active lives and participate in their communities. A number of resources have been developed to support councils in developing healthy built environments, including:

LGNSW makes regular submissions to the state and federal governments, plus other agencies, to advocate on behalf of the interests of local government and their communities when it comes to public health and safety issues.

Please select from the below options to learn more about local government health and safety policy.

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Access information on best practice asbestos management for local councils in NSW, including the Model Asbestos Policy.

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Emergency Management

Planning, Preparation, Response and Recovery (PPRR) activities, natural disaster relief, and the emergency services levy.

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NSW bushfires

Governments are working together to plan and fund rebuild efforts and the huge task of supporting bushfire-affected councils.

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Crime Prevention and Safety

Councils are often in partnership with police and other government and non-government organisations.

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