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Legislation and codes of practice

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.

  • public health legislation applies to asbestos-related activities carried out at non-workplaces settings (i.e. by home owners at domestic premises).

    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.

Other policies

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 Housing and Public Works' (DHPW) undertakes a lead agency role on asbestos management for assets managed or controlled by government departments. DHPW oversees and supports the implementation of the Queensland Government Asbestos Management Policy for its Assets, which applies to all government departments.

Find out more about asbestos in government assets including public schools.

National legislation

Australian Customs and Border Protection Service

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.

Customs (Prohibited Imports) Regulations 1956

To find out more about Importing asbestos into Australia visit Australian Customs and Border Protection Service.