Workplace Legislation

The Asbestos Industry Association (AIA) is made up of members from Queensland's asbestos abatement industry, including contractors, consultants and equipment suppliers.

Queensland laws

The Queensland Workplace Health and Safety Act 2011 establishes mandatory requirements for managing and removing asbestos in the workplace through:

From 1 July 2006, in Queensland:

  • An A class licence, also known as an Asbestos Removal Business Certificate, is required to remove friable or loose asbestos in any quantity.
  • A new B class licence is required to remove non-friable asbestos (bonded materials such as asbestos cement sheeting) in quantities of greater than 10 square metres.

Workplace Health & Safety Regulation

Chapter 8 of the Queensland Workplace Health and Safety Regulation refers to asbestos.

A person conducting a business or undertaking is obliged to comply with the requirements of this chapter. These obligations include:

  • Identify the locations of all asbestos-containing materials (ACMs) on site, for workplaces built prior to 2004.
  • Maintain a register on the premises which includes date of assessment, location of asbestos, analysis, risk assessments, control measures, and details of competent person who undertook the assessment.
  • Develop, maintain and monitor an Asbestos Management Plan to ensure all ACMs are managed effectively and in accordance with Regulation requirements.
  • Reassess ACMs at least every 5 years, more often if the nature of the work near, or in proximity of work to asbestos material changes.
  • Label all ACMs, if reasonably practicable.
  • Notify the Regulator 5 days prior to any removal work.
  • Provide training for workers, contractors and others who come in contact with ACMs.
  • Stop removal works and notify the regulator if levels exceed 0.02 fibres/ml.
  • For all licensed removal works, ensure clearance inspections are conducted by competent persons/licensed assessors who are independent to the removal process, before a work area is re-occupied.

For further information please visit the Workplace Health and Safety Queensland Website:

Workplace Health and Safety Queensland Website