Regulation changes to strengthen the asbestos border control

Importers who knowingly or recklessly import goods containing asbestos could now face up to five years jail, under increased penalties announced by the Morrison Government.

The Minister for Home Affairs Peter Dutton said the Coalition has strengthened and streamlined existing regulations to further protect Australians from the importation of potentially deadly asbestos.

“From today, unlawfully bringing asbestos across Australia’s border is a Tier 1 offence. This means those who import or export asbestos face the prospect of jail time following a successful prosecution,” Mr Dutton said.

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