ASEA Review

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Information about the independent review of ASEA being conducted by Ms Julia Collins.

Background

The Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency (ASEA) is an independent statutory authority established by the Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency Act 2013 (the Act) in July 2013 to administer the National Strategic Plan for Asbestos Management and Awareness (the Plan), which aims to prevent exposure to asbestos fibres in order to eliminate asbestos-related disease in Australia.

Under the Act, ASEA is responsible for advocating, coordinating, monitoring and reporting on the implementation of the Plan. The Plan sets the direction for asbestos management and awareness activities in each jurisdiction to ensure they are appropriate and align with Australia’s priorities. Commonwealth, state and territory governments are responsible for implementing priorities identified in the Plan.

In addition to developing and administering the Plan, the Act allows ASEA to commission, monitor and promote research about asbestos safety.

Review

The role and functions of ASEA must be reviewed five years after its establishment (section 47 of the Act). This is in line with the Government’s governance policy for entities subject to the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013.

The requirement for a review provides the opportunity to test whether ASEA’s functions, as set out in the Act, are still current and appropriate.

The requirement for a review recognises that a range of agencies have some role in asbestos management including commonwealth and state/territory policy and regulatory agencies. The review will consider ASEA’s role in collaborating with these agencies to ensure a coordinated, national approach that will reduce the risk of asbestos exposure in Australia.

Terms of Reference

The review is to be an evidence-based assessment and will examine and report on:

  1. ASEA’s role and functions as specified in section 8 of the Act, and the extent to which they:
    1. continue to meet the objectives of the Australian Government, and
    2. will enable ASEA to meet future challenges.
  2. Given the centrality of the Plan to ASEA’s role and functions, the appropriateness of the priority areas of the Plan, as set out in section 5A of the Act, in continuing to achieve the Government’s objectives and future challenges.
  3. Whether any changes to the Act are required to ensure ASEA is enabled to meet the Australian Government’s objectives and future challenges.

    Stakeholder Consultation 

    Stakeholder consultations have now commenced and the review welcomes your feedback. Consultation questions are available online at the links below.

    Stakeholder consultations will be taking place at the following dates and locations: 

    • Canberra – Monday 3 December 2018
      Department of Jobs and Small Business National Office
      12 Mort Street, Canberra ACT
    • Sydney – Tuesday 4 December 2018
      Department of Jobs and Small Business NSW State Office
      Level 9, 225 Elizabeth Street, Sydney NSW
    • Melbourne – Thursday 6 December 2018
      Department of Jobs and Small Business Victorian State Office
      Level 10, 414 La Trobe Street, Melbourne VIC

    Written submissions can be sent to whspolicy@jobs.gov.au. Submissions close 18 January 2019