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Illegal asbestos imports

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.

Safety alerts

Alert: Asbestos in the Brakes of Manual Hand Pallet Trucks

Alert: Asbestos in Acetylene Cylinders

Alert: Asbestos identified in Shantui Forklifts

Alert: Asbestos in Insulation Component of Battery-Operated Bee Smokers

Alert: Asbestos in Bunsen Burner Gauze Mats

Alert: Asbestos in Acetylene Cylinders - October 2017

Alert: Asbestos in Yamaha Children's Quad Bikes

Alert: Asbestos in Polaris Brand Youth Quad Bikes

Alert: Asbestos Vespa Scooter and Side Car with Asbestos-containing Brake Pads

Alert: Asbestos in Brakes of Imported Electrical Scooters

Health and safety alert: Asbestos in mineral kits 

Consumer/Retailer Alert - Asbestos identified in crayons sold within Australia

Recalls/voluntary recalls

Polaris youth quad bikes and spare parts - June 2017

eBay Trader "prolinedms" - Front brake pads used on Toyota Hilux and Toyota Hiace

Mindarie Investments Pty Ltd trading as Southern Cross Distributors — Landmaster AS200 by Hammerhead Off Road

Past safety alerts

Queensland Government - asbestos in crystals, stones and pendants

Australian Competition and Consumer Commission - product safety recall - earth crystals-chrysotile healing crystals

 

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 enquiries@asbestossafety.gov.au.

July - October 2020

 

Prosecutions

Energy corporation fined for asbestos importation

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.  

Importing asbestos costs Perth man $14,500 - 17 December 2014

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.