Aboriginal Employees Asbestos Awareness Training
Registrations are open for Aboriginal employees in NSW councils to attend free asbestos awareness training. This opportunity is offered by LGNSW on behalf of the Heads of Asbestos Coordination Authorities (HACA) with funding from the NSW Government. LGNSW has partnered with Greencap to deliver the training. Greencap are giving their time for the training on a pro bono basis.
This half-day training offers the chance to hear from an Aboriginal speaker about asbestos management, discuss asbestos issues, complete asbestos awareness training, provide input on asbestos problems and solutions and network over lunch.
Aboriginal Employees Asbestos Training Scholarships
Three Aboriginal employees of NSW councils have been awarded scholarship funding to further their knowledge and understanding of asbestos management. The scholarship recipients submitted strong applications, with the support of their councils, to undertake professional development opportunities to gain expertise in asbestos issues.
Two scholarships have been awarded to attend the 3rd International Conference on Asbestos Awareness and Management, 13-15 November 2016 in Adelaide. The Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency (ASEA) is providing full conference registration and LGNSW is providing funding towards the travel and accommodation to attend the conference.
One scholarship has been awarded to cover the travel costs for an employee of a regional council to attend the free asbestos awareness training for Aboriginal employees provided by LGNSW in September and October 2016.
This scholarship funding is the first of its kind for council employees and was offered for the first time in 2016 by LGNSW together with the Heads of Asbestos Coordination Authorities (HACA) and with the support of the Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency (ASEA).
The scholarships will enhance the knowledge and expertise of Aboriginal council employees in managing asbestos and this will help assist Aboriginal communities to respond to asbestos issues.
Applications for scholarship funding for Aboriginal employees in NSW councils to attend asbestos-related training of their choice have now closed. Round 2 of the scholarship program will be announced in 2017. It is anticipated that between 3 and 10 further asbestos training scholarships will be awarded in 2017.
Meet the Scholarship recipients
Name: Ms Georgina Piper
Title: Health & Building Personal Assistant Customer Service
Council: Cootamundra-Gundagai Shire Council
Scholarship: Travel and accommodation costs to attend free Asbestos Awareness Training being held by LGNSW with Greencap in Parramatta on 27 September 2016.
About: Ms Piper has worked for Cootamundra-Gundagai Council, a recently amalgamated Council (Cootamundra Shire Council and Gundagai Shire Council) for 20 years, including 10 years in her current role. Outside of work, Ms Piper has served the local community as a Local Junior Rugby League volunteer and Youth Council volunteer.
Reasons for applying: Ms Piper has a passionate interest in public health issues, with asbestos being of particular interest, including loose fill asbestos insulation and naturally occurring asbestos which is known to occur in Gundagai.
Sharing knowledge gained: As an Aboriginal woman who is well known within the community and the Council, Ms Piper is well placed to pass on the knowledge she gains as a result of the training scholarship. For example, Ms Piper is often in contact with local builders and home owners as part of her role at Cootamundra-Gundagai Council. Ms Piper noted “I see this as an excellent opportunity to pass on relevant knowledge and information around asbestos awareness on our local area”.
Key dates & application process
Round 2 (indicative timeline)
An information pack and online nomination form will be available when Round 2 opens. Applicants will need to attach with their application:
- A confirmation of Aboriginal and/ or Torres Strait Islander descent; and
- A brief referee report from their Director or General Manager.
Naturally Occurring Asbestos Forums
Discussion Groups - Developing a Local Asbestos Policy
Asbestos Management Training Workshops
Speed Talks and Discussion
In 2013 and 2014, LGNSW held 14 Asbestos Management Training Workshops across NSW and 433 council staff from 130 councils (86% of NSW councils) attended. We also briefed 26 councils on loose fill asbestos insulation.
In 2015, 36 councils took advantage of the free forums on naturally occurring asbestos held in five locations across NSW.
See a full list of dates and locations LGNSW has previously held asbestos training (PDF, 165KB).