Under the Work Health and Safety (National Uniform Legislation) Regulations, a business licensed to remove asbestos is required when, non-friable asbestos larger than 10m2 or asbestos-contaminated dust or debris associated with the removal of that amount of non-friable asbestos.

Licensing system

The 'Work Health and Safety (National Uniform Legislation) Regulations' has changed the licensing arrangement for asbestos removal work. Previously an individual was licensed to remove asbestos. The Regulations now licence businesses to remove asbestos. Workers are required to be appropriately trained before undertaking any asbestos removal work.

If you are a worker one of the following vocational education and training (VET) courses must be completed:

  • Remove friable asbestos CPCCDE3015A (Class A)
  • Remove non-friable asbestos CPCCDE3014A (Class B).

If you are a supervisor working for a business, you will need to also complete the following VET course:

  • CPCCBC4051A - Supervise Asbestos Removal and the specified course, outlined above for friable and non-friable removal work

You will also be required to have had at least three years of relevant industry experience for friable removals and one year for non-friable removals.

Asbestos assessor

Licensed businesses engaged in the removal of asbestos require a licensed asbestos assessor during Class A asbestos removal work. The licensed asbestos assessor is required to conduct air monitoring, the clearance inspection and to issue the clearance certificate.

The clearance inspection must be completed by an independent licensed asbestos assessor. To be independent, the licensed asbestos assessor or competent person must not be involved in the removal of asbestos for that specific job and is not involved in a business or undertaking involved in the removal of the asbestos for that specific job.

To become an assessor, you may apply for as licence if you:

  • have evidence acquired through training or experience in the knowledge and skills of relevant asbestos removal industry practice, and
  • have completed the specified VET course CPCCBC5014A - Conduct asbestos assessment associated with removal, or hold a tertiary qualification in occupational health and safety, industrial hygiene, science, building construction or environmental health.  

Interstate licence

Asbestos business licences that have been issued in a corresponding jurisdiction can be used in the Northern Territory.

A copy of this licence will need to be provided when notifying of an asbestos removal and any other requested documentation.

Asbestos assessor licences that have been issued in a corresponding jurisdiction can be used in the Northern Territory.

Note: does not apply to a licence that is suspended or cancelled or has expired in the corresponding jurisdiction.

Notifications of asbestos removals

A licensed asbestos removalist must give written notice to the regulator at least five days before the removalist commences licensed asbestos removal work.

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