In the interest of public health, our Environmental Health Officers (EHOs) respond to community concerns related to hoarding and squalor.
The South Australian Public Health Act, 2011 aims to promote and provide for the protection of the health of the public and reduce the incidence of preventable illness, injury and disability.
The Act authorises EHOs to investigate complaints regarding housing conditions that may constitute hoarding and squalor.
The majority of hoarding and squalor complaints are related to large accumulations of refuse on properties and substandard conditions, along with vermin infestation.
Depending on the nature of the concern, including whether it is deemed by an EHO to be hoarding and squalor, we may carry out further investigation.
During any investigations, EHA works with other relevant agencies to ensure that the hoarding or squalor is addressed alongside any underlying causes.
For more information about hoarding and squalor, please visit the Hoarding and Squalor Support and Service Guide.
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