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Asbestos debris could be closer to home than you think!

As councils and government agencies continue to test for asbestos in mulch on government-owned sites, Clare Collins, Chair of the Asbestos Education Committee has urged the public not to panic but to avoid mulched areas until sites have been inspected and cleared of possible asbestos contamination. Agreeing with Premier Chris Minns that it’s completely unacceptable to find asbestos in mulch in public places, amid growing concerns Ms Collins has urged the public to remain calm but said if they observe what they suspect are pieces of bonded asbestos in a public place, to contact the local council immediately. “According to…

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$10,000 TO HELP ‘SHAPE’ ASBESTOS EDUCATION IN AUSTRALIA

$10,000 TO HELP ‘SHAPE’ ASBESTOS EDUCATION IN AUSTRALIA SHAPE Australia Donate $10,000 to Advocacy Australia’s Asbestos Education Committee to Help Save Lives SHAPE Australia (SHAPE) is helping to eliminate asbestos-related diseases through a $10,000 donation to support the National Asbestos Awareness Campaign conducted by Advocacy Australia and the Asbestos Education Committee. Now in its 12th consecutive year, the National Asbestos Awareness Campaign is dedicated to saving lives through educating Australians about the ongoing dangers of asbestos and the vital need to respect asbestos for the hidden hazards that can remain in any Australian home built prior to 1990 and in…

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Australia’s tenth annual National Asbestos Awareness Month launches new Asbestos Education resource

As Australia continues to face the significant health risks of asbestos-related diseases due to asbestos-containing materials (ACMs) remaining hidden in one third of Aussie homes, the Asbestos Education Committee and Advocacy Australia launched their 10th annual National Asbestos Awareness Month campaign with a new education resource, Asbestos 101 for Residential Property Owners, Managers and Tradies. To help reduce the incidences of asbestos-related diseases, since 2011 the annual National Asbestos Awareness campaign has developed vital new resources to ensure Australians continue to learn to manage asbestos safely by providing user-friendly and often world-first resources at www.asbestosawareness.com.au Clare Collins, Chair of the…

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Advocacy Australia is calling for reform to the NSW Government’s Victims Support Scheme

Advocacy Australia is campaigning on behalf of the parents of a little girl who was the victim of a heinous murder. With parents just as much victims of their child’s murder, we’re advocating for critical changes to the NSW Government’s Victims Support Scheme and in particular, significant improvements in support services provided to the parents of murdered children and their families. For Dom and Bek and their families, since their beautiful 10-year-old little girl was brutally murdered three years ago, their lives were cruelly changed forever with the manner in which their daughter was killed so disturbing, a magistrate banned…

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TEN THOUSAND REASONS FOR RESPECT

The Asbestos & HAZMAT Removal Contractors Association (AHRCA) has presented Advocacy Australia with a cheque for $10,000 at the Master Builders Association of NSW to support the invaluable work of the Asbestos Education Committee in raising awareness of the dangers of asbestos through their “Respect Asbestos” campaigns, asbestosawareness.com.au, and the annual National Asbestos Awareness Month Campaign each November.

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Asbestos Awareness Campaign Wins 2 Prestigious Awards

Advocacy Australia’s Asbestos Education Committee was thrilled to be a double award recipient in the Public Relations Institute of Australia 2022 Golden Target Awards for our 2021 ‘Respect Asbestos’ – Asbestos Awareness Month Campaign. The 2021 Respect Asbestos Campaign was the only campaign to receive a prestigious Golden Target Award in the Pro-Bono category and was the recipient of the Silver Award in the Low-Budget (Under $25k) category. The 2021 campaign wouldn’t have been a success without the tireless dedication of our ambassador, Cherie Barber and incredible support from industry leaders Bret Baker JP, John Batty, Greg Cummings and Joanne Wade, the amazing Sandie Foreman and…

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New resources help employers better inform workers of asbestos risks

MEDIA RELEASE: 23 November 2022                                         New resources help employers better inform workers of asbestos risks November is National Asbestos Awareness Month – Friday 25 November is Asbestos Awareness Day 2022 Today, the Asbestos Education Committee announced the release of newly developed resources to help a wide range of employers inform workers of asbestos risks to prevent asbestos-related diseases that kill more than 4,000 Australians every year. Of these, many have been exposed to asbestos fibres in the workplace. Before a complete ban on asbestos came into force in Australia in December 2003, Australia was among the highest consumers of…

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ASBESTOS: A DEADLY LEGACY LAYS HIDDEN IN PLAIN SIGHT

MEDIA RELEASE: Monday, 21 November 2022  ASBESTOS: A DEADLY LEGACY LAYS HIDDEN IN PLAIN SIGHT November is National Asbestos Awareness Month – Friday 25 November is Asbestos Awareness Day 2022 In the lead up to Asbestos Awareness Day (Friday 25 November) the women driving the National Asbestos Awareness campaign have a warning for homeowners, renovators and tradies about the dangers of asbestos in the fight against Australia’s ‘Third Wave’ of asbestos-related diseases that’s killing more than 4,000 Australians every year – 265% more than the annual national road toll. Over the past 90 years, illness and death caused by inhaling…

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National Asbestos Awareness Month urges homeowners, renovators and tradies to respect asbestos because it’s not worth the risk!

MEDIA RELEASE: EMBARGO 1ST NOVEMBER 2022                                             November is National Asbestos Awareness Month – Friday 25 November is Asbestos Awareness Day 2022 During National Asbestos Awareness Month (1–30 November) the Asbestos Education Committee aims to increase essential awareness of the ever present danger of asbestos when renovating or maintaining homes particularly amid the continued record-breaking building and renovation boom and the tradie shortage and inflation bites hard. Amid the growing popularity of renovating, with homeowners gripped by interest rate hikes together with the unprecedented lack of tradespersons and the rising costs of labour; concerns are growing that homeowners are taking…

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“Betty – The Asbestos Education House” Driving home the dangers of asbestos to the next generation of workers during National Safe Work Month

“Betty – The Asbestos Education House” Driving home the dangers of asbestos to the next generation of workers during National Safe Work Month – October 2022 As part of National Safe Work Month (October 2022), ‘Betty – The Asbestos Education House’ will undertake a dedicated tour visiting up to ten TAFE NSW campuses to help educate young apprentices about the dangers of asbestos and how to manage it safely when working on domestic properties in their day-to-day work. Designed to complement TAFE NSW existing asbestos awareness training for apprentice tradies; Betty will form the centrepiece of a dedicated training program…

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