Statement from the Secretary of the Department of Education

The Department of Education manages a large and diverse portfolio of school infrastructure, and asbestos can be found in public schools. Asbestos was commonly used in buildings between the 1940s and late 1980s, and is present today in materials such as cement sheeting, cement roofing, vinyl floor tiles and wall lining.

The health, safety and wellbeing of students, staff and neighbours is our highest priority.

The Department of Education has a rigorous system of maintenance and monitoring at all schools across NSW. Asbestos is managed in accordance with the Department of Education’s Asbestos Management Plan and Safe Work NSW by licensed and accredited asbestos removalists and occupational hygienists in strict accordance with all applicable legislation, regulations, policies and guidelines. Appropriate safety measures are implemented prior to and during removal as well as during any remediation works required.

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