Posted October 02, 2018 11:13:16 The ABC has learned that a secret government document describing the Australian public toilets has been withheld for more than a year.
Key points:Public toilets were only officially introduced in Australia in 2010 and have only recently been rolled out in major citiesThe document, called “Public Facilities, Public Services and Infrastructure,” outlines the plans for public toilets in Australia for 2020 and 2021The document was supposed to be released in June but has been kept secret for more yearsThe documents were part of a long-running debate over public toilets, with the Government promising to roll them out across the country by 2020 and to have them fully operational by 2021.
“The Government has not provided this information in a timely fashion to enable the public to make informed decisions about whether they should use these public facilities,” a senior official with the Department of Health and Human Services said.
“It is now clear that this information is no longer available.”
A Department of Human Services spokesperson said the document was no longer on the department’s website and the department was not available for further comment.
Public toilets have only been introduced in the US since 2010 and are widely seen as the most effective way to ensure Australians use toilets that meet the standards of the Australian Standard.
But some experts believe they are less effective at achieving the same level of toilet use as public toilets.
Professor Andrew Tudge from the University of Queensland, said the paper showed the Government was not prepared to commit to fully operational public toilets by 2021 and that a “clean” toilet could have the same impact as public toilet facilities.
“In fact, they’ve just done a lot of research about how they can do that, and it shows that they can, but it doesn’t mean they can,” he said.
Professor Tudge said there was a real risk that public toilets could cause a public health emergency.
“What happens when you have a lot and a lot is a lot, and then a lot more is a bit,” he told the ABC.
“There’s no way for a single toilet to do all the work of a toilet, and if there is a huge increase in toilets, it can cause quite a lot.”
Professor Tange said there could be a significant impact on health because of the amount of bacteria and waste that can be created in a toilet.
“You have to be very careful that the toilet is a clean toilet,” he added.
“That’s why I think it’s important that there’s some public toilets for people to use, so they don’t have to go through the trouble of using toilets with dirty compartments.”
Public toilets are used in Australia by around two million people a year, according to the Department.
While public toilets have been rolled to major cities and major suburbs for many years, the first large scale rollout of public toilets was only last year.
The documents outline plans for the establishment of new toilets across Australia, with a target of having public toilets operational in every major city by 2020.
“This is the first public toilet that is fully operational in the major cities, and will be used in all public toilets,” the documents said.”[The project] will be delivered by a contractor for the first time in 2020, and we expect to have public toilets operated by 2020, 2020, 2021, 2022 and beyond.”
The documents also detail plans to install new toilets in the inner city, such as in Melbourne’s CBD, and the inner suburbs, including Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth and the Gold Coast.
The Australian Government has pledged to roll out public toilets across the nation by 2020The plan also states that public toilet operations in Sydney will be limited to two toilets per user per night, while Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth will have no more than two toilets.
“We will be using an all-night approach,” the document said.
The Government says that all public toilet locations will be built to the same standard of sanitation and cleanliness, with toilets operating in all buildings, toilets in public spaces, public parks and public areas.
“While we do not have a full list of the public facilities that will be open for use, there will be a range of facilities that have already been selected for the public toilets program,” a Department of Environment and Heritage spokesman said.
Public toilet operators are required to submit plans for each toilet site by October 1 and the Government has agreed to release the information in full in early November.
But the Government’s own modelling has shown that the public toilet infrastructure in major Australian cities and suburbs is not adequate to meet the health and safety needs of the population.
“Australia is a nation of over 2.4 billion people, which means that we have an estimated population of approximately 11 million, which is roughly one person for every 24 Australians,” the report said.
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