Strategy four: Removal

Under this plan, the activities undertaken in the removal strategy will inform the potential practicality of removing asbestos from the built environment to eliminate asbestos-related diseases. The first step will be to identify the current levels of risk posed by ACMs, and the different challenges presented in government, commercial and residential sectors to identify priority areas for action.The removal strategy will include targeted pilot removal projects to provide evidence to inform the approach to managing ageing ACM in the built environment. This will also consider the barriers to safe removal and the capacity of infrastructure and the labour market to safely remove asbestos.


Identify priority areas where ACMs present a risk, identify the barriers to the safe removal of asbestos, and review management and removal infrastructure to estimate the capacity and rate for the safe removal of asbestos.


  • Identify priority areas where ACMs may present a risk due to deterioration for action.
  • Develop and conduct projects in various locations and conditions where ACMs are in poor condition or likely to cause risks to ensure removal approaches are effective.
  • Conduct a review into asbestos removal infrastructure (transport, storage and disposal facilities) across Australia focusing on capacity and future risks.
  • Investigate the barriers to the safe removal of ACMs from government, commercial and residential properties, and develop policy options to support removal of asbestos in poor condition.
  • Review the potential risks and benefits of a prioritised removal programme to safely remove ACMs in government occupied and controlled buildings and commercial premises, including the requirement for exceptions, to reduce asbestos-related disease.


  1. Priority actions identified support removal of ACMs in poor condition.
  2. Options to remove asbestos in poor condition are practical, evidence-based and targeted towards sources of asbestos-related disease.
  3. Asbestos removal infrastructure can meet the future needs and demands of ageing ACMs without creating increased risk.
  4. The barriers to the safe removal of ACMs are reviewed and options to address the challenges faced by government, commercial and residential sectors are evaluated.