Removing the asbestos
State and territory laws adopt a code of practice (or compliance code) for the correct procedure for safely removing asbestos in buildings. These are generally based on the Safe Work Australia Model Code of Practice: How to Safely Remove Asbestos.
Prior to undertaking any activity that may affect asbestos (demolition, refurbishment or asbestos removal work) you’re required to assess whether the asbestos is classed as ‘friable’ or ‘non-friable/bonded’. This is a key determinant of whether or not the asbestos can be removed without a licence, the type of licence needed and the safety provisions applicable for its removal.
Although some state and territory laws allow limited amounts of asbestos to be removed by unlicensed persons, this does not mean that unlicensed persons are exempt from the asbestos regulations. They are only exempt from the requirement to be licensed.
Unlicensed removal of asbestos is subject to strict safety conditions similar to those imposed on licensed persons. This is because removing asbestos is a dangerous process that can expose those removing it and others nearby to serious risks to their health and safety if not properly carried out.
For this reason you should consider hiring licensed professionals to do the work, even if the removal can be carried out without a licence.
In addition to the safe removal requirements, some states also require a licensed asbestos assessor to carry out atmospheric monitoring and/or issue a written clearance certificate prior to re-occupation of a site from which asbestos has been removed.
Like the licensing requirements, the regulations governing transportation, notification and disposal of asbestos vary from state to state. Your local council may also have policies regarding the handling or disposal of asbestos.
You should contact each of these authorities to ascertain their specific requirements and approved waste disposal facilities.