Asbestos Removal Licence - Australian Capital Territory


You will require this licence if you intend to remove or dispose of asbestos. There are two classes of asbestos removal licences:

  • Class A asbestos removal: to remove all types of asbestos, including friable asbestos.
  • Class B asbestos removal: to remove only non-friable asbestos.

Friable asbestos is asbestos, whether or not contained in other material that is crumbly, dusty or powdery. Or when dry, can be crumbled, pulverised or reduced to powder by hand pressure. Examples of friable asbestos are sprayed asbestos coating or insulation, asbestos lagging, loose asbestos and in its raw form.

You are also required to nominate a suitably qualified supervisor to be present whenever asbestos removal work is being conducted.

Please use the contact details below to find out more information.

Service type


A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.


If you intend to conduct routine or minor maintenance or other similar work you may be exempt from this requirement.

Examples of routine or minor maintenance work that may be exempt include:

  • sealing, painting and coating for the purpose of maintaining the condition of non-friable asbestos
  • cleaning leaf litter from gutters of asbestos cement roofs
  • removing and disposing of small, isolated pieces you may find at your premises.

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible for this licence you must provide sufficient identification as well as a declaration that states whether you have been convicted or found guilty of an offence in areas including:

  • work health and safety (WHS)
  • construction licensing
  • disposal of hazardous waste.

You must also provide evidence that you have one or more competent persons able to supervise you who are:

  • over 18 years of age
  • appropriately qualified
  • have at least three years of relevant industry experience.

If you hold a current equivalent licence in another Australian State or Territory, you may be eligible to apply for this registration under mutual recognition arrangements.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information regarding eligibility requirements.


Up to three years.


As specified on the licence.


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All $475.00 Online application.
Apply Application All $522.00

In person or postal application.

Apply Application All $25.00 Application for an asbestos removal supervisor
Apply Licence All $1978.00

Five year licence fee Class A.

Apply Licence All $1841.00

Five year licence fee Class B.

Act(s) name

Work Health and Safety Act 2011 Australian Capital Territory

Regulation(s) name

Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011 Australian Capital Territory

Administering agency

Chief Minister, Treasury and Economic Development Directorate

Access Canberra

WorkSafe ACT

Contact details

Contact Email, Phone and Address Details for this service in simple two column table format, header then data.

Please use these contact details for help or more information:

General Enquiries

WorkSafe ACT

Access Canberra

Chief Minister, Treasury and Economic Development Directorate

Mailing address: GPO BOX 158
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 2601
Phone: 02 6207 3000
Fax: 02 6205 0336