Local Government and Community Asbestos Safety (Final Report).

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2017, pp. 1 - 121 (121)
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Australia has one of the highest incidences of malignant mesothelioma worldwide (Rosemary et al. 2015). Whilst Australia’s cancer registries show that incidences of mesothelioma have plateaued, there is an anticipated rise of asbestos-related diseases due to non-occupational exposure to asbestos in Australia (Olsen et al. 2011; Wiesel, Freestone & Randolph, 2013). As the level of government closest to Do-it-Yourself (DIY) home renovators and builders, local governments have a responsibility to ensure as best as possible that any development activity within their local government area (LGA) is undertaken with regard to relevant federal and state legislation and local planning laws. This includes the safe handling and legal disposal of asbestos containing materials (ACMs). This project researches the role of local governments in improving residential asbestos safety and the opportunities for local governments to further address some of the challenges of asbestos safety in the residential sector. The research was undertaken in five complementary stages outlined below. > A review of research previously commissioned by the Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency (ASEA) and other academic and ‘grey’ literature > A desktop review of all local government websites across Australia for content on asbestos > A national survey of local governments about their role in managing asbestos safety in their communities > A series of interviews and focus groups with selected local governments > Two online discussion forums and a survey with 103 DIY home renovators from across Australia This report summarises the findings from these research activities.
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