The agency is saddened to hear the news that long time mesothelioma warrior and campaigner, Lou Williams passed away yesterday morning 18 April 2017.

The Heads of Workplace Safety Authorities Imported Materials with Asbestos Working Group has issued 2 safety alerts relating to chrysotile asbestos being found in brake components on Vespa scooters with side cars and imported electric scooters.

The Asbestos Diseases Research Institute is running the Pleural Mesothelioma Educaton Day on Monday, 8 May 2017 for patients, families and health professionals who are interested in hearing the latest on treatment, symptom management and living with dignity.

Walk for Mesothlioma

Sunday, 7 May 2017

9.00am to 11.30am (registration from 8.00am)

Majors Bay Reserve

Concord NSW 2139

ADRI Walk for Mesothlioma - flyer and registration form (PDF 249KB)

The Agency has now lodged a further submission to the inquiry into the effects of non-conforming building products on the Australian building and construction industry following a decision by the Senate Economics References Committee resolving to re-open submissions.

The Minister for Employment, Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash, has today announced the appointment of a new Asbestos Safety and Eradication Council.

The agency has updated information on this website regarding the risk of imported products containing asbestos, how to apply for a permit to import asbestos, current permits that have been issued and goods that could potentially contain asbestos.

The National Strategic Plan for Asbestos Management and Awareness Progress Report 2015-16 was officially launched by the agency Chief Executive Officer, Peter Tighe at the 2016 Conference in Adelaide last week on 14 November 2016.

New research has found that while most tradespeople highly rated their knowledge of asbestos, almost half reported they had never come across an asbestos register, and only 60 per cent knew what an asbestos register was.

The Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency’s 2016-17 Annual Operational Plan was launched yesterday by Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash at a meeting of the Asbestos Safety and Eradication Council, a tripartite body made up of Commonwealth, state and territory government, employer and employee representatives and impendent experts.

New research has found that an increasing number of DIY home renovators do not feel they are informed enough about asbestos, despite the number of home renovations requiring asbestos removal rising in the last two years.

the 2015-16 summary statistics for the National Asbestos Exposure register are now available on the agency website.

The Department of Immigration and Border Protection has released the Asbestos Importation Review Report completed by KGH Border Services AB. 

In light of recent media reports relating to imported building products found to contain asbestos, the Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency urges importers to be diligent when bringing in products from overseas and to refer to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection website for more information and guidance.

A report commissioned by the national Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency has shone a light on the cost to the community of illegal dumping of asbestos.

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.