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Asbestos Policy


1. Policy statement

The Department of Education is committed to managing asbestos containing materials in such a way as the materials do not, as far as is practical, present health risks to students, staff and visitors at Western Australian public schools and Department controlled workplaces.

2. Policy rules

Principals and/or site managers must manage asbestos containing materials in accordance with the Asbestos Management Plan.

3. Responsibility for implementation and compliance

Principals and/or site managers are responsible for implementation of the policy.

Director, Asset Planning and Services is responsible for compliance monitoring.

4. Scope

The policy applies to all principals and site managers.

5. Definitions

Any fibrous form of mineral silicates belonging to the Serpentine and Amphibole groups of rock forming minerals.  These include Actinolite, Amosite (brown asbestos), Anthophyllite, Chrysotile (white asbestos), Crocidolite (blue asbestos) and Tremolite, or any mixture of one or more of the mineral silicates belonging to these groups.

Any material, object, product or debris containing asbestos.

The Department of Education publication that describes how asbestos containing materials in public schools and Department workplaces are managed.

6. Related documents

7. Contact information

Policy manager:             

Director, Asset Planning and Services 

Policy contact officer:     

Manager, Strategic Asset Services

T: (08) 9264 4300

8. History of changes

Effective date Last update date Policy version no.
15 December 2015 2.0
Major review undertaken. Policy recast into new policy format with mandated Asbestos Management Plan (D15/0438848). OOS Corporate Executive approval, endorsed by the Director General at Corporate Executive on 30 November 2015.
15 December 2015 27 August 2018 2.1
Minor changes to include reference to Public Schools D18/0151652 and update position titles and contact information D18/0374984.
15 December 2015 19 June 2023 2.2
Minor changes to reflect the new Work, Health and Safety Act (2020), Regulations (2022) and Codes of Practice for the management and removal of asbestos. D23/1242176

9. More information

This policy:

Download policy PDFAsbestos Policy v2.2

Policy and all supporting documents:

Download Policy Bundle ZIPAsbestos Policy Bundle


Download PDFAsbestos Management Plan

Policy review date

15 December 2018

Policy last updated

19 June 2023