Raising awareness about the risk of imported products containing asbestos

The Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency’s role under the National Strategic Plan for Asbestos Management and Awareness 2014-18 is to provide an effective coordinated response when asbestos-containing materials (ACM) in imported products are identified. The agency provides information to importers on the application process for permits to import or export samples suspected of cantaining asbestos, which are granted by the Minister for Employment.

The agency is also responsible for providing advice to the Minister for Employment in relation to requests for permission to import samples suspected of containing asbestos. The Minister has the ability to grant permission for the importation of samples for the purposes of research, analysis or display, in some circumstance.

Senate Inquiry into Non-conforming building products

On 23 June 2015, the Senate referred an inquiry into non-conforming building products to the Senate Economics References Committee for inquiry and report by 12 October 2015. 

On 11 October 2016, the Senate agreed to the committee's recommendation that this inquiry be re-adopted in the 45th Parliament. The committee is to report by 25 May 2017.

On 30 March 2017, the Senate granted an extension to the committee to report by 31 August 2017 for the interim report on the illegal importation of products containing asbestos, and 31 October 2017 for the final report.

The Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency provided a submission to the Inquiry on 13 January 2017.