The agency is pleased to announce that the 3rd International Conference on Asbestos Awareness and Management will be held in Adelaide on 13-15 November 2016. Visit our 2016 Conference pages for further information.  

Caretaker period

On 8 May 2016 the Prime Minister of Australia, the Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP, announced a federal election would be held on 2 July 2016 and as such the Australian Government has assumed a caretaker role. Only updates which adhere to Caretaker Conventions will occur to this website until the result of the election has been determined.

The Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency was established on 1 July 2013 to provide a national focus on asbestos issues which goes beyond workplace safety to encompass environmental and public health concerns. The agency aims to ensure asbestos issues receive the attention and focus needed to drive change across all levels of government.


The Portfolio Budget Statement for the Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency was released on 3 May 2016 as part of Budget 2016-17, outlining the funding allocated to the agency over the forward estimates.
A new report that projects there will be approximately 19,400 new cases of mesothelioma in Australia before the end of the century also finds that non occupational exposure to asbestos will overtake exposure from mining, manufacturing and use of asbestos cement.
The only way to be certain that something contains asbestos is to have a sample of the material tested. In that regard, the agency has released guidance on how to take samples of asbestos-containing materials for testing.