In 2010, a review was initiated by the commonwealth government to make recommendations for the development of a National Strategic Plan to improve asbestos management in Australia. In August 2012, the Asbestos Management Review Report was released.
The review covers asbestos management issues, not limited to work health and safety, including environmental and public health concerns. It also addresses other issues including education and public awareness as well as removal, transport and disposal of asbestos.
In addition to this, the review recommended that an independent national agency be established in order to guide the implementation of the National Strategic Plan.
The Office of Asbestos Safety was established in September 2012 to start this work. The office worked closely with state and territory governments as well as key stakeholder organisations to develop the National Strategic Plan.
The Office of Asbestos Safety was replaced by the Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency on 1 July 2013 by the creation of the Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency Act 2013. The agency and its council is responsible for implementing the National Strategic Plan.