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NSW Government Agencies

The Heads of Asbestos Coordination Authorities (HACA) works to improve the management, monitoring and response to asbestos issues in NSW by developing coordinated prevention programs. Agencies in NSW that collaborate on asbestos issues include:

  • Local Government NSW logo

    Local Government NSW

    Local Government NSW (LGNSW) is the peak body for councils in NSW. LGNSW supports councils to adopt and implement The Model Asbestos Policy Councils. LGNSW does this through the provision of forums, training, workshops, online resources and expert advice on asbestos management and regulation.

  • NSW Health logo

    NSW Health

    NSW Health provides asbestos awareness information to the public and expert advice to other government agencies when there is potential for public exposure to asbestos.

  • icare logo


    icare provides compensation for people who have developed work-related dust diseases in NSW, and their dependants. icare helps to arrange healthcare, nursing and personal care assistance, mobility aids, oxygen supplies, comprehensive support. icare also facilitates lung screening services that employers can organise for workers at risk of being exposed to harmful dust.

  • NSW Fair Trading logo

    Fair Trading NSW

    Department of Fair Trading oversees and implements the Voluntary Purchase and Demolition Program to provide safety, certainty and support for NSW residents affected by loose-fill asbestos insulation.

  • Public Works Advisory logo

    Public Works Advisory

    Public Works Advisory supports local and state government agencies to deliver critical infrastructure initiatives by providing expert advisory, planning, delivery and support services.

  • Environment Protection Authority logo

    Environment Protection Authority

    The Environment Protection Authority regulates the transport, storage and disposal of asbestos waste; illegally dumped asbestos waste and land contaminated with asbestos.

  • Fire and Rescue logo

    Fire and Rescue

    Fire and Rescue is responsible for managing emergencies (such as fire, flood, storm, explosion or accident) that can cause damage to buildings or land that contains asbestos, creating site contamination issues and potential exposure to emergency service workers and the general public.

  • Office of Emergency Management logo

    Office of Emergency Management

    The Office of Emergency Management (OEM) leads, coordinates and develops capability in the emergency management sector and conducts state-wide welfare and recovery operations when disaster strikes. It also manages disaster funding policy and administer the $92 million Disaster Relief Account.

  • The Office of Local Government logo

    The Office of Local Government

    The Office of Local Government is responsible for NSW local government. NSW Councils are responsible for managing asbestos in the community through educating residents, regulating land use and development, and managing waste disposal.

  • SafeWork NSW logo

    SafeWork NSW

    SafeWork NSW is responsible for working with employers and the community to achieve safer and more productive workplaces in line with Work Health and Safety legislation. SafeWork NSW administers all asbestos licences including ensuring compliance with licence and training requirements.

  • Department of Planning and Environment

    NSW Planning and Environment

    Department of Planning and Environment has 2 primary roles in the management of asbestos. Firstly, it administers the State Environmental Planning Policies, and the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act (and associated regulation). It also manages old asbestos mines and the geological mapping of naturally occurring asbestos.

  • Observer agencies:

  • The Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency logo

    The Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency

    The Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency (the agency) was established in 2013 to provide a national focus on asbestos issues which goes beyond workplace safety to also encompass environmental and public health concerns. The agency aims to ensure asbestos issues receive the attention and focus needed to drive change across all levels of government and reduce the risk of asbestos-related diseases.

  • NSW Ombudsman

    NSW Ombudsman

    The NSW Ombudsman is independent and impartial. The role of the Ombudsman is to watch over most public sector and some private sector agencies in NSW and monitor the way they do their jobs. The Ombudsman’s office has released two reports about how asbestos is managed in NSW, in 2010 and 2017. The reports made a number of recommendations that the NSW Government supported in principle, and the Ombudsman continues to monitor how the recommendations are being implemented.