Applying for a permit

Asbestos samples can only be imported into Australia if you hold a permit.

This page explains how to apply for a permit to import asbestos samples (or suspected asbestos samples) into Australia for the purpose of testing, analysis or display.

All permits must be approved by the Minister who oversees the Work, Health and Safety Act 2011. The Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency provides advice to the Minister on permit applications.

Applying to the Minister

Permission from the Minister must be requested in writing. The Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency can help applicants with this process. The following information is usually required:

  1. The purpose of the importation (e.g. research, analysis or display);
  2. The number of samples that will need to be imported;
  3. The estimated size of the samples;
  4. Details of how the samples will be collected, labelled, packaged, transported and disposed of (including the person responsible for each of these steps);
  5. Details of who will transport the samples (including their relevant training/experience);
  6. The NATA-accredited laboratory that will analyse the samples;
  7. The time period that is needed to import samples (i.e. a one off shipment of a specific number of samples, or ongoing permission to import samples over a prolonged period of time);
  8. A general assurance that the applicant will comply with all of the relevant state/territory legislation in relation to asbestos.

NOTE: Samples for importation must come from the goods that are actually being imported.

Due to recent Ministerial changes, please email applications to the Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency to be forwarded to the Minister on your behalf. Email

Application letters should be addressed to:

The Hon Kelly O'Dwyer MP
Minister for Jobs and Industrial Relations and Minister for Women
Suite MG.48
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

If a permit is granted, the applicant will receive a permit number that must accompany the importation of any samples. Permits can be granted for a maximum period of 12 months, after which they must be renewed. Permits expire on either 31 December or 30 June, depending on whether or not your permit is a one-off permission to import a specific sample.

The Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency advises the Minister on applications, and is able to provide guidance and assistance with your application. Email or call 1300 326 148.