How to handle, remove and dispose of Asbestos

If you suspect you have asbestos in your building, get it checked by a qualified professional.

If you are removing more than 10 square metres of bonded (non-friable) asbestos material, you must by law hire a Class B licensed removalist.

You will not require a certificate if you are removing less than 10 square metres of non-friable materials containing asbestos. However, you will still need to follow safe work procedures and safety precautions to minimise asbestos fibers getting into the air. For more information and guidance on safe work procedures and safety precautions refer to Asbestos: a guide for minor renovation

Friable asbestos removal - a Class A licensed removalist must be contracted when removing any friable asbestos. However, Livingstone Shire Council recommends hiring a licensed removalist, regardless of the amount of asbestos in your building. This will help prevent any health risks caused from improperly handling asbestos.

WorkSafe QLD will help you find the right professional. It is also where you can apply for the necessary approval for the demolition and removal of asbestos.

Asbestos waste must be taken to a certified waste facility – Asbestos is a regulated waste and cannot be disposed of in rubbish bins, recycling bins or at Council’s transfer stations. Not all landfills can accept asbestos waste. Visit Livingstone Council Landfill page for information on disposal of asbestos in Livingstone Shire council and download this fact sheet removal and transport of asbestos containing material

Further information and practical guidance for homeowners/renovators is available at or contact 13 74 68