Legislation and codes of practice

Asbestos in the Northern Territory is managed and regulated under work health and safety, environmental protection, and public and environmental health laws.


Work health and safety legislation regulates the management and control of asbestos in a workplace, licensing of asbestos removalists and the removal of asbestos by licenced asbestos removalists.

Work Health and Safety (National Uniform Legislation) Act
Work Health and Safety (National Uniform Legislation) Regulations
Code of Practice: How to manage and control asbestos in the workplace
Code of Practice: How to safely remove asbestos

Environmental protection legislation regulates the transport and disposal of asbestos and the remediation of asbestos contaminated land.

Northern Territory Environmental Protection Authority Act
Waste Management and Pollution Control Act
Waste Management and Pollution Control (Administration) Regulations

Public and environmental health legislation regulates asbestos as a public health nuisance where it impacts on the wider public health of the community.

Public and Environmental Health Act

Other policies

Asbestos Management Policy for the Northern Territory Government built environment

National legislation

The import or export of asbestos is prohibited under Australian customs regulations.

Customs (Prohibited Exports) Regulations 1958
Customs (Prohibited Imports) Regulations 1956
Hazardous Waste (Regulation of Exports and Imports) Act 1989