Asbestos Training

LGNSW offers the following types of asbestos training and briefings for councils in partnership with the Heads of Asbestos Coordination Authorities (HACA). Councils that would like support in implementing an asbestos policy based on the Model Asbestos Policy can contact LGNSW to arrange for training, a forum or meeting.

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

picture of Mr Alfred Roberts

Name: Mr Alfred Proberts
Title: Ranger
Council: Ballina Shire Council
Scholarship: Registration, travel and accommodation costs to attend the 3rd International Conference on Asbestos Awareness and Management (the conference), being held 13 - 15 November 2016 in Adelaide.
About: Mr Proberts has been a Ranger at Ballina Shire Council for the past three and a half years. Mr Proberts has successfully completed Certificates III and IV in Regulatory Services / Local Government / Rangers. In 2014, Mr Proberts was awarded Indigenous Apprentice / Trainee of the Year by NovaSkill. Outside of work, Mr Proberts has been involved in his community by serving as a touch football referee.
Reasons for applying: Mr Proberts applied for the scholarship to learn more about asbestos, benefit from knowledge that will assist him in his daily work tasks and be a key contact person within Council in relation to asbestos management.
Sharing knowledge gained: As a Ranger, Mr Proberts will provide education to other Council officers as well as advice to the community on correct asbestos management. Mr Proberts is known for always showing enthusiasm for his position, taking an interest in the local environment and a willingness to enhance his knowledge.
Ms Georgina Piper

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 1

Nominations opened: 3 July 2016
Nominations closed: 8 August 2016 (midnight)
Judging: 9-19 August 2016
Applicants notified: 29-31 August 2016
Professional development undertaken: 1 September 2016 - 30 June 2017

Round 2 (indicative timeline)

Nominations open: late January 2017 (TBC)
Nominations close: late February 2017 (TBC)
Judging: March 2017 (TBC)
Applicants notified: March 2017 (TBC)
Professional development undertaken: April 2017 - November 2017 (TBC)

Application process

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

These forums are for councils with known areas of naturally occurring asbestos (NOA) or areas with the potential for NOA. For more information download the Naturally Occurring Asbestos Forum Flyer PDF, 125KB).

Discussion Groups - Developing a Local Asbestos Policy

These discussion groups offer councils the chance to come together and informally discuss the preparation or implementation of their asbestos policy. Contact Daniel Adler if your council is interested in hosting a discussion group.

Asbestos Management Training Workshops

LGNSW, in conjunction with the NSW Government, holds asbestos management training workshops across NSW to support councils in adopting the Model Asbestos Policy. Download the Asbestos Management Training Workshops Flyer (PDF, 125KB).

Speed Talks and Discussion

In September 2014, the Asbestos Speed Talks and Discussion event held in Parramatta was booked out, attracting 40 council staff. The forum offered new updates and networking opportunities across all levels of government and the private sector. Download the Speed Talks and Discussion Flyer (PDF, 125KB).

Previously-held training

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).