The health, safety and well-being of students and staff remain the highest priority of the department.
This webpage provides links for parents and caregivers to information about the management of asbestos-containing material (ACM) in Queensland state schools and department-owned Early Childhood Education and Care centres (ECEC).
Asbestos-containing building materials were used extensively throughout Queensland between the late 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.
Asbestos-containing materials that are in a sound condition do not pose a health risk unless disturbed.
For more information, see
Asbestos management — policy, plan and guidelines.
Information letter for P&Cs (DOC, 215KB)
Workplace Health and Safety — Asbestos
Dr Keith Adam's vodcasts
Queensland Health — Asbestos
asbestos registers for department-owned state schools or ECECs.
If you have any concerns about asbestos in department-owned facilities or require any further information, please contact the facility school principal or ECEC centre director.
P&Cs play a vital role in school activities and are required to participate in the department's asbestos awareness — annual presentation at locations where the environmental status indicates that ACM is assumed or confirmed. The presentation, facilitated by the school principal, assists P&C members to understand their roles and responsibilities in workplaces where there is assumed and/or confirmed ACM.
P&Cs are required to adhere to departmental policies and procedures for the management of ACM; including the receipt of an authorised work area access permit (WAAP) to undertake any maintenance, installation, refurbishment and construction related works of any description.
For more information about P&C responsibilities or the asbestos awareness — annual presentation, contact your school principal.