When prohibited asbestos products enter Australia the Australian Border Force (ABF), work health and safety regulators and the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) work together to trace imports and commence remediation.
National asbestos safety alerts and recalls are published below.
Please visit the website of your state or territory's work health and safety regulator for relevant safety alerts in your jurisdiction.
Past safety alerts
Enforcement at the Border
Australian Border Force is responsible for enforcing Australia's ban on the importation of asbestos. ABF works closely with the Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency, who are responsible for issuing import and export permits in limited circumstances.
From 2020, the ABF has provided the Agency with quarterly data regarding detection of asbestos at the border, which can be found below in the information tables.
Questions regarding this data can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The company, which has significant assets in WA, was convicted of two counts of contravening s233 (1)(b) of the Customs Act 1901 for importing a prohibited item, namely chrysotile asbestos, contained in gaskets in a condensate metering skid and two storage tanks in 2012 and 2013. The company was ordered to pay fines and costs totalling $175,000.
A 50-year-old Australian man has been fined $10,000 and required to pay $4,500 costs in the Perth Magistrates Court for importing asbestos into Australia, Wednesday 17 December 2014.