Secretariat and Committees

Under section 24(1) of the Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency Act 2013, the Chief Executive Officer may establish committees to assist in the performance of his or her functions and the functions of the council. To support the coordination and operation of the National Strategic Plan, the CEO formed the Building, Construction and Demolition Sectors Committee and the Research Advisory Committee.

Building, Construction and Demolition Services Committee

The Building, Construction and Demolition Sectors (BCDS) Committee held its inaugural meeting on 11 December 2014 and will meet at least three times per year to provide advice to the agency on issues relating to the management of asbestos in the building, construction and demolition sectors and the implementation of the National Strategic Plan.

The BCDS committee membership is comprised of industry, employer and employee representatives from the building, construction and demolition sectors, including:

  • Australian Manufacturing Workers Union (AMWU)
  • Master Builders Association (MBA)
  • Electrical Trades Union (ETU)
  • Housing Industry Association (HIA)
  • Plumbing Trades Employees Union (PTEU)
  • National Fire Industry Association (NFIA)
  • Asbestos Removal Contractors Association (ARCA)
  • Demolition Contractors Association (DCA)
  • Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU)
  • National Electrical and Communications Association (NECA)
  • Air Conditioning and Mechanical Contractors’ Association of Australia (ACMCAA)
  • Australian Constructors Association / Australian Industry Group (ACA/AIG)
  • Australian Workers Union (AWU)
  • Master Plumbers (MPMSAA)
  • Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU)
  • Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI).

Research Advisory Committee

Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency Research Framework

The inaugural meeting of the Research Advisory Committee (research committee) was held on 25 June 2015. The research committee will also meet at least three times per year to discuss the advice it will provide to the agency on the design of a strategic research plan and assess proposals for research projects. The membership of this committee is also broad, including experts in public health, workplace health and safety, and research.

The research committee will advise the agency on the development of a strategic research plan and provide advice on the operation of the research strategy. Advice will include:

  • best ways to achieve value for money by reviewing current and future research projects
  • support the agency to bring together researchers to achieve a common goal
  • endorsement of the agency’s research plan
  • best practice approaches to research methodology to answer priority research questions
  • feedback on research-focussed projects.

The research committee met once during the 2014–15 year.