Report pollution

To report pollution you should call the Northern Territory Environment Protection Authority (NT EPA) pollution hotline.

You have a duty to report incidents causing or threatening to cause pollution.

The pollution hotline is a free 24-hour phone service. Call 1800 064 567.

For an emergency or life threatening situation call the NT police, fire and emergency services on 000.

What you can report 

Pollution incidents are urgent or non-urgent as listed below.

Urgent incidents

Call the pollution hotline on 1800 064 567 to report urgent major pollution incidents such as any of the following:

  • significant illegal dumping 
  • marine and inland water oil spills 
  • fish kills.

Non-urgent incidents

For non-urgent incidents you can contact the pollution hotline by email, phone or post:
Phone: 1800 064 567
GPO Box 3675
Darwin NT 0801

Non-urgent environmental pollution problems and complaints include any of the following:

  • construction noise affecting you in your home
  • offensive odours from industry
  • algal blooms
  • unreasonable dust
  • inadequate storage or handling of waste
  • visible sheens or discolour of waterways
  • contaminated sites.

You can report non-compliance for holders of waste discharge licences, environment protection licences and environment protection approvals.

Read more about environment approvals and licences.

Stay anonymous

You can stay anonymous, but leaving out contact information can restrict the NT EPA's investigation if more information is needed. 

This will also stop the NT EPA giving you the results of the investigation.

Go to the NT EPA website for more information and for a list of other agencies that can help you with common complaints.

Last updated: 27 January 2016

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