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About this Guide

The Australian and Northern Territory Governments both have legal deposit legislations to ensure publications are preserved for use by future generations and assist in research into all aspects of Territory life.

The authors of Department of Health, Top End Health Service and Central Australia Health Service (NT Health) have a legal obligation to provide copies of their published works, intended for the public, to appropriate libraries to assist with building richer local collections. 

The Department of Health Library Services coordinates and facilitates the collection and distribution of NT Health published works to the Northern Territory Library and National Library of Australia.


Documents covered by legal deposit

Legal deposit covers any published works (print or digital) intended for the public. These may include:

  • Reports
  • Newsletters
  • Fact sheets
  • Research articles

If you aren’t sure whether something you have created falls under legal deposit please contact the Department of Health Library Services for advice.


How to meet legal deposit requirements

To meet legal deposit requirements please ensure that you forward any publications created by your work area to the Department of Health Library Services. The publications can be either in hardcopy or digital formats. Send 3 copies of any print publications to:

  • Library Services, Building 4, Royal Darwin Hospital

and/or

The Department of Health Library Services will forward your hardcopy publication on to the National Library of Australia and the Northern Territory Library as well as adding a digital copy to the Department of Health Library Services ePublications collection.


How to contact the Department of Health Library Service

To request assistance with the development of your documents email us at LibraryRMU.DoH@nt.gov.au

NT HEALTH ePUBLICATIONS

NT Health Research Collection - research articles

NT General Collection - publications and reports

Health Forms Collection - forms for contractors, new employees and patient care

Historical Collection - historical documents

Multimedia Collection - videos, oral recordings and images

Frequently Asked Questions

The authors of Department of Health, Top End Health Service and Central Australia Health Service (NT Health) have a legal obligation to provide copies of their published works, intended for the public, to appropriate libraries to assist with building richer local collections. Published works (print or digital) may include reports, newsletters, fact sheets and research articles.

No, an International Standard Book Number (ISBN) is a unique identifier for books. An ISBN is not mandatory, but is used internationally across the book trade and library sector. For more information on ISBN's click here or more information on ISSN's click here.

Publications should be submitted within one month.

NT Health ePublications require documents to be submitted in PDF format where possible. We are happy to assist in converting file formats to PDF if you need assistance with this. Please contact the Resource Management Unit at the Library on 89227913 or email libraryrmu.doh@nt.gov.au.

Hardcopy publications will become available through the National Library of Australia, the Northern Territory Library, and Library Services, NT Health catalogues.

Electronic publications will be uploaded to Department of Health ePublications and harvested by the Northern Territory Library.

Copyright protection is granted automatically in Australia at the time a work is created. Authors retain their right under the terms of copyright wherever a work is submitted to the library under Legal Deposit. For more information regarding the Copyright Act,1968 please refer to the Australian Copyright Council.