Building materials containing asbestos were used extensively throughout Queensland between the 1940s and the 1980s. These materials were used in floors, walls, roofs and many other building applications for houses, schools and other types of buildings both government and non-government.
The department's highest priority is the safety of students and staff at all times.
Asbestos-containing material (ACM) that is in sound condition does not pose a health risk unless disturbed. For more information about asbestos, see the vodcasts available from
Dr Keith Adam, the department's Chief Health Advisor on asbestos.
Asbestos will continue to be managed in accordance with the Queensland Government Asbestos Management Policy for its Assets which incorporates a number of control measures to manage in-situ ACM. See the
Asbestos management—policy, plan and guidelines.
The condition of materials containing asbestos in department-owned facilities is managed through an extensive awareness program as well as annual maintenance condition assessments managed by QBuild and 3-yearly specific asbestos audits.
Any ACM classified as being in poor condition through these inspections is made safe and programmed for remedial action as required.