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Asbestos management in Australia is regulated in a range of different ways by various government agencies at the local, state, territory and Commonwealth level. These management approaches cover asbestos management in workplace, environmental and public health contexts. The Australian Government is working together with states and territories to develop harmonised workplace health
and safety laws which include regulations and codes of practice relating to asbestos management and removal.
The Australian Government has tasked Mr Geoff Fary to make recommendations for the development of a national strategic plan to improve asbestos awareness and management. Mr Fary will report on the following matters related to asbestos awareness and management:
• the enhancement of education and public awareness;
• the efficacy of asbestos import and export controls;
• asbestos removal, handling, storage and disposal;
• mandatory reporting and disclosure where asbestos is detected; and
• mandatory collection of data and reporting on associated health issues.
In undertaking the review, Mr Fary should consider:
• current policy and legislation relating to asbestos containing materials in occupational, environmental and public health contexts;
• local and international asbestos management research and methods of best practice;
• the levels and condition of asbestos containing materials in public and private buildings, facilities or equipment to inform a prioritised approach to the removal process;
• anticipated trends in the incidence of asbestos related diseases over the coming decade; and
• any other relevant associated matters that may be requested by the Government.
The Review will complement existing work already underway at the Commonwealth and state and territory levels such as the Tasmanian Government’s response to the 2010 report Improving Asbestos Management in Tasmania.
The Government has asked Mr Fary to provide his report by 30 June 2012.