Asbestos in government buildings and on government land

The Northern Territory Government is committed to protecting the health and wellbeing of workers, contractors and the community by ensuring asbestos is safely and appropriately managed. Asbestos management plans and asbestos registers have been prepared for buildings used by the NT Government that were constructed before 31 December 2003.

The Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics publishes the asbestos registers and asbestos management plans for properties under its direct management and control on its asbestos management webpage while the Department of Corporate and Information Services publishes registers and management plans for properties leased by the NT Government on its publicly accessible website.

The Department of Health maintains its own asbestos registers and management plans which are stored on an OCTFOLIO database and can be accessed via web link, QR code or near-field communication (NFC) reader.

The Department of Education publishes its asbestos registers, management plans, testing and clearance certificates on a SharePoint portal on its intranet site. All Northern Territory government schools have access to the portal.

Contractors engaged to conduct work at these locations are required to refer to the asbestos registers and asbestos management plans before commencing work.

Asbestos management policy for government assets

This policy is currently undergoing a review.

NT Government Inter-Agency Working Group

The Inter-Agency Asbestos Management Working Group was established by the Northern Territory Government to progress a collaborative, whole-of-government approach to improve asbestos awareness, management of Northern Territory Government assets, provide advice and recommendations to the Northern Territory Government on asbestos management.

Its functions include:

The Asbestos Management Working Group includes representation from:

  • Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics – Chair, Secretariat and administration support
  • Department of Chief Minister
  • Department of Attorney General and Justice
  • Department of Education
  • Department of Health
  • Department of Housing and Community Development
  • Department of Environment and Natural Resources
  • Department of Tourism and Culture
  • Department of Corporate and Information Services – NT Property Management
  • Northern Territory Police, Fire and Emergency Services
  • Territory Families
  • Power and Water Corporation