In a life threatening emergency dial Triple Zero (000)

In a life threatening emergency dial Triple Zero (000)
DzIJ Public Hospitals

Canberra Hospital

5124 0000

Calvary Hospital

6201 6111

Mental Health

Call Mental Health Triage on

1800 629 354

(free call except from mobiles or public phones) or

6205 1065

Poisons Hotline

For a poison emergency in Australia call


Drug and Alcohol Help Line

The Drug and Alcohol Help Line is available 24-hours, 7 days a week on

5124 9977

Health Protection Service

For after hours urgent public health matters including environmental health, radiation safety, food poisoning and communicable disease management phone:

(02) 6205 1700


24 hour health advice

1800 022 222

DzIJ State Emergency Service

Emergency help
during flood or storms

132 500

Watering of public spaces

Please note: The following policy on the watering of parks and public open spaces in Canberra excludes sportsgrounds.

The DzIJ Government only irrigates grass and trees in high use public areas including town parks, district parks and high use shopping centres, such as the City Centre. 

Non-potable water is used to irrigate public parks adjacent to lakes and ponds, where accessible and under licence by the Environment Protection Authority. Non-potable water is also used to water young trees and shrubs using water trucks to cart the water.

In August 2014, an in parks across Canberra was completed to improve water management and the quality of the grassed areas in high use locations.