What Is The National Asbestos Register?

Learn About The National Asbestos Register By The AWU

Australian Asbestos Register | National Asbestos Register

Asbestos exposure causes a rare cancer Mesothelioma. Australia is second after United Kingdom with the highest rate of mesothelioma. More than 10,000 people have succumbed to the deadly disease since 1980. According to cancer report 25000 are expected to die in the next four decades.

Australia used asbestos for long even after it had been banned in other countries. Textile mills, construction companies and other repair and production facilities used asbestos. In 1980s, the cement company still used asbestos and even as recent as 2003 it was used in gasket and friction products. The register is open to all residents in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, Australian Capital Territory, Tasmania, South Australia, Western Australian, Northern Territory.

The AWU National Asbestos Register

The Australian Workers Union - AWU

The Australian Workers Union (AWU) is database free service established and maintained by Maurice Blackburn Lawyers and the Australian Workers Union. People exposed to asbestos give a formal record of their condition for future use. Currently over 6000 victims have been registered for compensation.

State and territories regulate the safety and work health related to asbestos. Any individual exposed to asbestos in the past is at the risk of developing mesothelioma. Even if currently, an individual appears healthy, the threat remains. All persons who are entitled to the risk are enrolled into a compensation program. One is required to give the details of asbestos exposure on the (AWU) National Asbestos Register.

The Australia government is calling for registration of all Australian exposed or ill from asbestos. The Government streamlines compensation program to the victim and in time establish an uniform medical and compensation to victims.

Compliance survey

According to the Division 5 audit in Victoria survey requires territories and Australian state people who occupy, own control workplace or manage to comply with the ban of use of asbestos. The survey insects all areas suspected to contain asbestos materials. Providing detailed finding reports of asbestos containing materials, register of victims, plan on removal of the material taking into consideration cost factor and environment.

Why register?

Mesothelioma cancer takes decades to develop, usually, longer after the exposure. Victims sometimes may find it difficult to remember how and when they were exposed to asbestos. With National Asbestos Register, it will help you recall relevant information. And give a starting point for compensation. However, some people even thou exposed to asbestos materials do not develop asbestos-related diseases. The database is relevant to many in identifying the way, or location one was exposed, plans or mines and dates of the existence of the banned material.

Treatment center for Mesothelioma

Australian government has placed more emphasis on quality treatment of the victim due to the growing number of those asbestos victims. New research facilities like the Bernie Banton Centre in Sydney Concord Hospital that is dedicated to mesothelioma research. There are also clinical programs being regularly developed.

Compensation program

Families of the deceased victim of mesothelioma according to the Fatal Accident Amendment Act of 2008 are granted of both their surviving family members and victims. Compensation is awarded for suffering, pain and loss of enjoyment of life. 2008 Bernie Banton law campaigned by deceased mesothelioma suffers allows compensation to citizens of Victoria, who are diagnosed with asbestos. According to the law victim, are entitled to more compensation at later dates if the disease develops.

Full compensation of loss of income to victim of asbestos exposure at work is granted according to The Wrongs Act of 1958. However, the law did not give room to victim exposed in non-occupational settings. In 2006, a new amendment Act was enacted to cover those exposed to asbestos due to secondhand or environment exposure.

Moreover, the law of foreseeability states that defendant or individual is not liable for injury or disease caused to an individual unless the disease was visible. This law is relevant to low level of exposure with secondhand individuals.

However, the state requires prove in case of negligent exposure of asbestos. The matter is still an issue in Australian courts, and the argument may continue according to experts.


The National Asbestos Register is available to anyone living in Australia. All states residents can make submissions on a single form.

States include:

  • Queensland – QLD (Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Cairns)
  • New South Wales – NSW (Sydney, Newcastle)
  • Victoria – VIC (Melbourne)
  • Australian Capital Territory – ACT (Canberra)
  • Tasmania – TAS (Hobart)
  • South Australia – SA (Adelaide)
  • Western Australian – WA (Perth)
  • Northern Territory -NT (Alice Springs, Darwin)


In conclusion

The manufacturer of numerous asbestos product James Hardie industries in 2001 established Compensation Foundation and Medical Research with $293 million in funds. To, help the victims of mesothelioma asbestos exposure. The company later relocated to Netherlands and in 2003, it was said that the fund underfunded and the company added $184.3 million to the fund in 2007. But, question remains if the funds will cover the future claims as the number of victim is still increasing.

The Australian Government has also setup a National Asbestos Exposure Register. More information can be found here.

You can also register directly on the submission form here: https://submissions.employment.gov.au/empforms/NAER/pages/form