The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has issued a nationwide recall of Yamaha youth quad bikes YFM90R 2016 & 2017 models due to front and rear brake shoes in affected quad bikes (and these parts sold as spare parts) possibly containing asbestos.

Researchers in WA and Victoria are recruiting people who are currently, or who have ever, worked in asbestos removal to be part of an asbestos removalist register.

After 25 workers on a building project at the Sydney Opera House were unacceptably exposed to asbestos for over a week, the Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency has called for an urgent national program of removal of high risk asbestos.

The Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency has received its second bronze award in the Australasian Reporting Awards announced on 21 June 2017.  The Awards are designed to enable organisations to benchmark the quality of their annual reports against criteria based on world best practice. 

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has issued a nationwide recall of Polaris youth quad bikes and spare parts after an investigation revealed asbestos-laden parts in at least 12 models.

The Portfolio Budget Statement for the Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency was released on 9 May 2017 as part of Budget 2017-18, outlining the funding allocated to the agency over the forward estimates.

Visit the Budget 2017-18 website for full details of the budget. 

A report into asbestos in remote Australia sets out ways that communities and government can work together to manage the identification and removal of deadly legacy asbestos in remote areas to eliminate the ongoing risks.

The agency is saddened to hear the news that long time mesothelioma warrior and campaigner, Lou Williams passed away yesterday morning 18 April 2017.

The Asbestos Diseases Research Institute is running the Pleural Mesothelioma Educaton Day on Monday, 8 May 2017 for patients, families and health professionals who are interested in hearing the latest on treatment, symptom management and living with dignity.

Walk for Mesothelioma

Sunday, 7 May 2017

9.00am to 11.30am (registration from 8.00am)

Majors Bay Reserve

Concord NSW 2139

ADRI Walk for Mesothelioma - flyer and registration form (PDF 249KB)

The Agency has now lodged a further submission to the inquiry into the effects of non-conforming building products on the Australian building and construction industry following a decision by the Senate Economics References Committee resolving to re-open submissions.

The Minister for Employment, Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash, has today announced the appointment of a new Asbestos Safety and Eradication Council.

The agency has updated information on this website regarding the risk of imported products containing asbestos, how to apply for a permit to import asbestos, current permits that have been issued and goods that could potentially contain asbestos.

The National Strategic Plan for Asbestos Management and Awareness Progress Report 2015-16 was officially launched by the agency Chief Executive Officer, Peter Tighe at the 2016 Conference in Adelaide last week on 14 November 2016.

New research has found that while most tradespeople highly rated their knowledge of asbestos, almost half reported they had never come across an asbestos register, and only 60 per cent knew what an asbestos register was.

The Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency’s 2016-17 Annual Operational Plan was launched yesterday by Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash at a meeting of the Asbestos Safety and Eradication Council, a tripartite body made up of Commonwealth, state and territory government, employer and employee representatives and impendent experts.

New research has found that an increasing number of DIY home renovators do not feel they are informed enough about asbestos, despite the number of home renovations requiring asbestos removal rising in the last two years.

the 2015-16 summary statistics for the National Asbestos Exposure register are now available on the agency website.