Latrobe Valley
Asbestos Taskforce

Who Does What in Asbestos

Community matrix

THE INFORMATION BELOW IS INTENDED AS A GUIDE ONLY. THE HANDLING OF ANY GIVEN COMPLAINT WILL DEPEND UPON THE SPECIFIC CIRCUMSTANCES OF EACH CASE.

You can also view example scenarios found at the bottom of this page, as well as a checklist that includes tips on what to include when reporting a matter to the relevant authority.

I am concerned about

Dumped asbestos

Where was it found?

→ On public land and it’s a large amount 

⇒ Contact the EPA hotline: 1300 372 842

→ On council or public land and it’s a small amount

⇒ Contact the local council Find a Council here

→ I saw a business dump it (can be either large or small)

⇒ Contact the WorkSafe Advisory line: 1800 136 089 OR contact the EPA Hotline: 1300 372 842

Improper removal activity

Where do you suspect this is occurring?

→ Contractor doing works at a commercial or residential premises

⇒ Contact the WorkSafe Advisory Line: 1800 136 089

→ Environmental concerns, i.e. breaking up of asbestos sheeting (large scale activity)

⇒ Contact the EPA Hotline: 1300 372 842

→ Homeowner doing removal themselves

⇒ Contact your local council Find a Council here
Storage of asbestos waste

What type of storage?

→ Improper storage of asbestos waste on commercial properties

⇒ Contact the WorkSafe Advisory Line: 1800 136 089

→ Improper storage of asbestos waste on residential properties

⇒ Contact your local council Find a Council here

→ Temporary approvals issued by the EPA

⇒ Contact the EPA Hotline: 1300 372 842

Transport of asbestos waste

→ Suspected illegal transport of asbestos waste (i.e. no permit)

⇒ Contact the EPA Hotline: 1300 372 842

Deteriorating building structure

Where is the structure?

→ On a business site/commercial premises

⇒ Contact the WorkSafe Advisory Line: 1800 136 089

→ On a residential property, e.g. shed or fence

⇒ Contact your local council Find a Council here

I want to know

How to find a licensed asbestos removalist

OR check if a contractor is licensed

⇒ Contact the WorkSafe Advisory Line: 1800 136 089 or visit www.asbestos.vic.gov.au

How to get an asbestos test

⇒ Contact your local licensed asbestos removalist or visit  www.asbestos.vic.gov.au

How to dispose of asbestos-containing materials

Who is doing the removal?

→ A contractor is doing this on my behalf

⇒ Visit www.epa.vic.gov.au to find out which landfill sites are licensed to receive commercial asbestos waste

→ I am doing the removal myself on my own property (not recommended)

⇒ Contact your local council Find a Council here

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Example scenarios

EXAMPLE No. 1

An individual came across a pile of rubbish at a local reserve, and believed some of the rubbish may have been broken asbestos cement sheet.

WHO TO CALL

In this case, the individual ought to call the local council.

POSSIBLE OUTCOME

Council may inspect the rubbish to determine if it could be asbestos, and will then arrange to clean it up.

EXAMPLE No. 2

An individual came across a very large pile of rubbish dumped on the side of the road, which looked to include asbestos debris. The size of the pile indicated that it had been dumped by a truck.

WHO TO CALL

In this case, the individual ought to call the EPA hotline on 1300 372 842.

POSSIBLE OUTCOME

EPA may contact the road owner and the road owner will arrange the clean-up. EPA may investigate the dumping site depending upon the scale.

EXAMPLE No. 3

A resident was concerned about the removal of a deteriorating shed on a neighbour’s property. The resident had not received any advice that asbestos removal was to take place, and was concerned that because the shed had been erected before 1990, it was likely to have asbestos present.

WHO TO CALL

If the neighbour had engaged a contractor to do the building works, the resident ought to call the WorkSafe advisory line on 1800 136 089. All neighbours immediately adjacent to the property undergoing the building works ought to have been notified about asbestos removal.

If the neighbour was removing the shed by themselves, then the resident ought to call their local council and provide full details including the size of the shed and the concern about asbestos being present.

POSSIBLE OUTCOME

If WorkSafe is contacted, an inspector may visit the property to see if the contractor is complying with the Occupational Health and Safety regulations, including being licensed to remove asbestos where required. Where contravention(s) are identified an improvement notice or a prohibition notice may be issued; this may require works to cease until compliance can be achieved.

If Council is contacted, an investigation will be conducted where the neighbour may be asked to cease works or be provided advice on how to minimise the risks of asbestos exposure and ensure the asbestos waste is packaged correctly and taken to a licensed waste facility.

EXAMPLE No. 4

A resident was concerned about a deteriorating shared fence, and had tried to engage the owner of the neighbouring property many times about repairing it. Communicating with the owner was difficult as the property was rented out. The resident was very concerned that because it was an asbestos-cement fence, it posed an exposure risk. Due to the gaps in the fence, it also meant that the resident’s dog could not be left outside in the yard as it wasn’t secure.

WHO TO CALL

In this case, the resident ought to call their local council and provide full details of the issue, highlighting the concern about broken asbestos sheeting.

POSSIBLE OUTCOME

Council may issue an improvement notice, which provides a deadline for repairs to be made and the structure to be made safe. Failure to comply with the improvement notices may result in further enforcement actions.

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