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Professional removal

In the ACT, it is a legal requirement that all asbestos removal work is carried out by a licensed asbestos removalist.

In all other states and territories, asbestos removal work must be carried out by a licensed removalist, unless the area being removed is 10m² or less.

However, it is always recommended that asbestos is removed by a licensed asbestos removalist no matter how big or small the job is.

How do I find a licensed asbestos removalist?

The work health and safety regulator in your state or territory will have a list of licensed asbestos removalists on their website.

Asbestos removalists are also listed in the Yellow Pages. If you are choosing a removalist from the Yellow Pages, ask them for a copy of their license, or contact the work health and safety regulator in your state or territory to confirm if they have the right class of license for the job.

A licensed asbestos removalist will have one of the following licenses:

  • Class A license holders are permitted to remove all types of asbestos, including friable and non-friable forms.
  • Class B license holders can only remove non-friable asbestos.

Useful resources

Case study – Thuroona Services - a complex removal process

Work health and safety regulator in your state or territory