Interim report: protecting Australians from the threat of asbestos

Non-conforming building products

22 November 2017

© Commonwealth of Australia 2017
ISBN 978-1-76010-687-4

View the report as a single document - (PDF 627KB)

View the report as separate downloadable parts:

Senate Economics References Committee (PDF 22KB)
Recommendations (PDF 37KB)
Acronyms (PDF 7KB)
Chapter 1 (PDF 104KB)

Conduct of the inquiry
Structure of this report

Chapter 2 (PDF 130KB)

Australia's asbestos ban
Sources of illegally imported asbestos
Coordination of agencies with asbestos responsibilities
Whole of government approach
Consultation with stakeholders
International cooperation

Chapter 3 - Ongoing issues (PDF 136KB)

Asbestos-related disease risk
Workers—the last line of defence
Inadvertent procurement
Enforcement of the asbestos importation ban
The tip of the iceberg
Stopping asbestos at the border
Prosecutions and Penalties

Chapter 4 - Increasing accountability and reducing exposure (PDF 140KB)

Due diligence systems
A model for best practice
Work health and safety
Recall powers of consumer products containing asbestos
National public asbestos register
Ships imported to Australia which contain asbestos
Next steps for the inquiry

Dissenting Report by Coalition Senators (PDF 14KB)
Appendix 1 - Submissions and additional information (PDF 35KB)
Appendix 2 - Public hearings and witnesses (PDF 28KB)
Appendix 3 - Countries with bans on all types of asbestos (PDF 23KB)
Appendix 4 - Goods that might contain asbestos (PDF 18KB)

Committee Secretariat contact:

Senate Standing Committees on Economics
PO Box 6100
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

Phone: +61 2 6277 3540