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 due for review and 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)

Revisions to the Model Asbestos Policy

The Model Asbestos Policy has been revised to include:

  • New waste regulations
  • New information about naturally occurring asbestos
  • More information about loose fill asbestos insulation
  • Reference to the Demolition work code of practice 2015
  • Reference to the NSW Asbestos Emergency Plan (2014) and the Disaster Assistance Guidelines (2015).

Download a summary of the changes to the Model Policy (PDF, 103KB).

Actions for councils

Councils must ensure they comply with the abovementioned legislation.

Councils with an asbestos policy based on the earlier Model Asbestos Policy are encouraged to update their asbestos policy.

Councils that have not yet adopted an asbestos policy based on the Model Asbestos Policy are encouraged to do so. 

Advice and assistance is available from LGNSW’s Project Manager – Asbestos Policy.

The General Manager has a duty to exercise due diligence to ensure that council complies with the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 (NSW) and the Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011 (NSW). This includes taking reasonable steps to ensure that council has and uses appropriate resources and processes to eliminate or minimise risks associated with asbestos.

Managers are responsible for ensuring workers who report to them have access to appropriate information, documentation and training.

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. See our Asbestos Training page for more detail.

Councils with an Asbestos Policy based on the Model Asbestos Policy

Ballina Shire Council
Bathurst Regional Council
Bayside Council
Bega Valley Shire Council
Berrigan Shire Council
Blacktown City Council
Bogan Shire Council
Bourke Shire Council
Brewarrina Shire Council
Burwood Council
Camden Council
Canterbury-Bankstown Council
Carrathool Shire Council
Central Coast Council
Central Darling Shire Council
City of Canada Bay Council
City of Lithgow Council
City of Parramatta Council
Clarence Valley Council
Cobar Shire Council
Coonamble Shire Council
Cootamundra - Gundagai Regional Council
Council of the City of  Ryde
Council of the City of Sydney
Cumberland Council
Dubbo Regional Council
Fairfield City Council
Georges River Council
Gilgandra Shire Council
Glen Innes Severn Council
Goulburn Mulwaree Council
Greater Hume Shire Council
Gunnedah Shire Council
Hay Shire Council
Hilltops Council
Inverell Shire Council
Kempsey Shire Council
Leeton Shire Council
Lismore City Council
Liverpool City Council
Liverpool Plains Shire Council
Maitland City Council
Mid-Western Regional Council
Murray River Council
Nambucca Shire Council
Narromine Shire Council
North Sydney Council
Orange City Council
Penrith City Council
Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council
Richmond Valley Council
Shellharbour City Council
Shoalhaven City Council
Singleton Council
Snowy Monaro Regional Council
Snowy Valleys Council
Strathfield Municipal Council
Sutherland Shire Council
Tamworth Regional Council
Tenterfield Shire Council
The Council of the Shire of Hornsby
The Hills Shire Council
Upper Hunter Shire Council
Upper Lachlan Shire Council
Walcha Council
Waverley Council
Weddin Shire Council
Willoughby City Council
Wingecarribee Shire Council
Wollondilly Shire Council
Wollongong City Council
Please check this list again soon as it is updated regularly.