How to get an asbestos removal License in NSW

There are two licences for asbestos removal, as well as a licence to be an asbestos assessor.

They are:

WorkCover safety inspectors can issue on the spot fines to any individual or business that appoints an unlicensed asbestos removalist, and to licensed asbestos removalists who fail to notify WorkCover of licensed asbestos removal work.

ASBESTOS REMOVAL LICENCES

Class A licence

The class A licence allows you to remove friable asbestos, non friable asbestos and any asbestos contaminated dust or debris (ACD).

Class B licence

The class B licence is more common and allows you to remove 10 square metres or more of non friable asbestos, like fibro sheets. Having a class B licence only allows you to remove the asbestos contaminated dust or debris (ACD) that is directly associated with the removal of non friable asbestos.

Only a person who conducts (or proposes to conduct), a business or undertaking may apply for an asbestos removal licence.

No licence is required to:

  • remove less than 10 square metres of non-friable asbestos
  • ACD that is associated with the removal of less than 10 square metres of non-friable asbestos
  • a minor asbestos contamination not associated with the removal of friable or non-friable asbestos.

NOTE: all asbestos removal work must be carried out safely in accordance with the work health and safety legislation. Visit our asbestos page for more information.

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible for a class A asbestos removal licence you must:
  • be over 18 years old and make sure any supervisor is also over 18 years of age
  • tell WorkCover the name/s of the competent person/s who will supervise the asbestos removal work
  • ensure each supervisor has completed the approved courses for removing and supervising the removal of friable asbestos and that they have at least three years industry experience in the removal of friable asbestos.
To be eligible for a class B asbestos removal licence you must:
  • be over 18 years of age and make sure any supervisor is also over 18 years of age
  • tell WorkCover the name/s of the competent person/s who will supervise the asbestos removal work
  • ensure each supervisor has  completed the approved courses  for removing and supervising the removal of non friable asbestos and that they have at least have 12 months industry experience in the removal of non friable asbestos

SafeWork NSWs Application process

You must complete the application form form and:

  • select either class A or class B asbestos removal work
  • provide a certificate of currency for workers compensation insurance if you have employees and are not an exempt employer
  • pay the applicable fee (as listed in our list of fees and charges)

The licence will last for five years from the date of issue.

Applications can be lodged by:

  • email to: [email protected]
  • or post to: WorkCover NSW, Locked Bag 2906, Lisarow, NSW, 2252.

More information about asbestos licences is available in our guide for applicants.

SafeWork NSWs Special requirements

Notifications

You must notify SafeWork NSW  five days before licensed asbestos removal work is commenced.  Once licensed you log into your page on the SafeWork NSW website and complete the online notification.  You must do this to gain approval before starting any asbestos removal work.  Remember when advising which Supervisor you will be using, it is a good idea to put more than one name, as the primary person may not be available on the actual day of removal and you can then use the alternate.

Health monitoring

You must have your workers health monitored before they begin asbestos removal work and then at least once every two years. The code of practice on how to safely remove asbestos has more information.

Adding supervisors

You can add multiple supervisors to your licence by completing this nomination form.

Replacing a card

To replace a licence card you need to complete this application form.