Victorian Asbestos Eradication Agency

Our work is limited to Victorian government buildings.

Our work is focussed on buildings owned by the Victorian government and includes: offices, hospitals, train stations, community centres, prisons and TAFEs. 

Infrastructure such as fences, bridges and pipes are outside this scope. Also outside our scope are premises that are leased or sub-leased to tenants by the Director of Housing.

What's in Scope – Offices, Educational Facilities, Health Services, Emergency Services, Community Centres, Prisons, Warehouses and Depots, Recreations and Sporting Facilities, Aged Care and other Accomodations, Retail and Commercial Spaces, Museums, Control Centres

The VAEA completed its first phase of data collection in 2018. We are currently gathering information for our first progress report on asbestos removed from government owned buildings over the last 12 to 18 months. 

Other large scale-asbestos removal projects

Public schools fall under the remit of the Victorian School Building Authority (VSBA) which has already conducted a full statewide audit of 1,712 government school sites. The VSBA found high risk asbestos at 497 schools and by March 2016 had removed it all. Asbestos that may pose a future risk has also been removed from 396 schools. For further information see the VSBA website.

Other workplaces

The scope of our work is limited to public sector, government owned buildings. All workplaces in Victoria are subject to laws and regulations intended to protect workers from the health risks posed by asbestos.

Under the Victorian Occupational Health and Safety Regulations 2017 employers and persons who manage or control workplaces have duties to, so far as is reasonably practicable, identify all asbestos present at the workplace.

If any part of your work is in area which has asbestos that could be disturbed your employer must implement controls to eliminate the risk of exposure, so far as is reasonably practicable. An employer must make a workplace asbestos register readily accessible to employees and is required to advise them of any proposed asbestos removal work.

More information about asbestos is available here

Reviewed 24 October 2019

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