The Role of Local Government

Councils work independently and with State Government agencies to manage the risks of exposure to asbestos. Situations where councils can have a role include:

  • Emergency response
  • Management of naturally occurring asbestos
  • Regulation of activities (non-work sites, particularly DIY home renovations)
  • Management of contaminated land
  • Management of council land, buildings and assets
  • As a responsible employer
  • Education and advice to the wider public
  • Waste transport, disposal and regulation
  • Land use planning (including development approvals and demolition)

Model Asbestos Policy

In 2012 LGNSW, in partnership with the Heads of Asbestos Coordination Authorities (HACA), developed a Model Asbestos Policy which:

  • can be used as the basis for councils’ own asbestos policies
  • outlines councils’ important legislative obligations
  • was developed with input from council representatives
  • was issued to all councils by the Office of Local Government under section 23A of the Local Government Act 1993 in 2013.

In 2015, the Model Asbestos Policy was revised by HACA. Councils should use the revised Model Asbestos Policy (2015) as the basis for their asbestos policy.

Download the Model Asbestos Policy for NSW Councils (2015) (Word, 770KB)

Download the Guide to the Model Asbestos Policy for NSW councils (2015) (PDF, 739KB)

Best Practice Asbestos Management Forums for Councils

LGNSW, in collaboration with the Heads of Asbestos Coordination Authorities (HACA) and councils, holds best practice asbestos forums across NSW.

These forums offer participants the opportunity to explore the role that councils play in the safe management and regulation of asbestos within their Local Government Areas.

Forum - Best Practice Asbestos Management for Narrabri Council 

On 20 February 2019 LGNSW and Narrabri Shire City Council will host a forum on best practice asbestos management for councils.

Venue: Multipurpose Room at Narrabri Aquatic Centre, Tibbereena Street, Narrabri

Time: 10am–2.30pm

Cost: free


Details: Councils from NSW are invited to attend along with representatives from the EPA, SafeWork, Fire & Rescue, Planning & Environment, and LGNSW to discuss the following topic areas:

  • Asbestos Management during emergencies & incidents
  • Asbestos land contamination, asbestos waste management and illegal dumping of asbestos
  • Management of asbestos risks within council workplaces
  • The Model Asbestos Policy for NSW Councils
  • Land Contamination and Remediation of Land

Who should attend? Officers and staff from the following areas of council:

  • Asset Management
  • Emergency Management
  • Health, Building and Regulation
  • Planning & Development
  • Properties and facilities management
  • Waste Management
  • Work Health and Safety

This forum will offer participants the opportunity to explore the role that councils play in the safe management and regulation of asbestos within their Local Government Areas.

Contact: Daniel Adler LGNSW Asbestos Policy Project manager. or phone 9242 4128.

Resources and Case Studies

The Asbestos Policy project at LGNSW has produced Resources and Case Studies that are available to councils and the community to assist in better asbestos management and regulation.

Asbestos Awareness Campaign Toolkit 

Councils across the state can help people keep safe by promoting a new campaign called Asbestos lurks in more places than you’d think. 

The campaign is being run nationally, with the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) leading coordination in NSW.  LGNSW, the EPA, SafeWork NSW and iCare are all participating, as well as other Australian jurisdictions and councils in other states.

All the things you need to start using and sharing the campaign with your community are available in the kit available to download now.

For more information email Daniel Adler, LGNSW Asbestos Policy Project manager, or call him on 9242 4128.