Asbestos is managed and controlled in Queensland by 10 main statutes and two codes of practice. These are administered by state government agencies and local councils.
The management of asbestos in non-workplaces is the responsibility of local governments under public health legislation. Queensland Health provides information and advice to the general public on asbestos and its health risks and works in partnership with other government agencies in response to incidents involving asbestos.
The Department of Environment and Science (DES) maintains a public register of contaminated land (including land contaminated by asbestos). It also regulates the transportation and disposal of asbestos waste.
Some of the DES powers are delegated or devolved to local councils. For example, while the DES is responsible for licensing disposal facilities, councils are responsible for the management of landfills and transfer stations where asbestos is accepted.
Councils are also responsible for cleaning up the illegal dumping of asbestos material under the Environmental Protection Act 1994 (EP Act) and any relevant local laws, and the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 (WHS Act) (where council officers are undertaking any clean-up).
The Residential Tenancies Authority (RTA) provides tenancy information, bond management, dispute resolution, investigation, policy and education services.
Asbestos in government assets policies apply to all government departments and impose obligations to manage and control asbestos in government-controlled assets, including workplaces, employee housing and public housing.
The Department of Energy and Public Works (EPW) undertakes a lead agency role on asbestos management for assets managed or controlled by government departments. EPW oversees and supports the implementation of the Queensland Government Asbestos Management Policy for its Asset (PDF, 560KB), which applies to all government departments.
Find out more about asbestos in government assets including public schools.
An Australia-wide ban on the importation, manufacture and use of all forms of asbestos and asbestos containing products took effect from 31 December 2003. To complement this ban, the import prohibition on asbestos under the Customs (Prohibited Imports) Regulations 1956 was also introduced. Importing asbestos into Australia is only allowed under very limited circumstances.