Template - National Strategic Plan for Asbestos Awareness and Management 2019-2023

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Western Australian State and Local government agencies are required to use this National Strategic Plan for Asbestos Awareness and Management 2019-2023 (NSP 2019-2023) Reporting Template when reporting to DMIRS on the NSP 2019-2023 targets. This template has been specifically developed for Western Australia. Please do not use the template developed by the Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency, as it will not be accepted by DMIRS.  Below are some frequently asked questions to assist government organisations to report on the National Strategic Plan for Asbestos Awareness and Management 2019-2023 (NSP 2019-2023) targets.

Frequently asked questions

Why does my organisation have to complete the WA NSP 2019-2023 reporting template if it doesn’t own any buildings, or the buildings don’t contain asbestos?

All WA State and Local government departments, agencies, authorities and government enterprises (government organisations) are required to complete the WA NSP 2019-2023 reporting template, even if the answers are ‘N/A’. This will ensure transparency from all WA government organisations in relation to asbestos awareness, management and removal.

Our government organisation’s buildings are managed by the Department of Finance (DoF). Why do we have to fill out the WA NSP 2019-2023 reporting template?

You may wish to contact DoF to discuss this matter further. DMIRS cannot advise of DoF’s preferred NSP 2019-2023 reporting strategy.

How do I submit a report to DMIRS, on behalf of another government organisation?

Please submit separate WA NSP 2019-2023 reporting templates for each government organisation. Do not collate them into one.

What are the due dates to provide the WA NSP 2019-2023 reporting template to DMIRS, and how do I submit it?

Six and 12 monthly submissions should be sent to nspaam@dmirs.wa.gov.au as soon as possible, by no later than the following dates:

Agencies to submit to DMIRS Reporting period
21 January 2022 6 month progress report for the period 1 July 2021 to 31 December 2021
15 July 2022

12 month annual report for the period 1 July 2021 to 30 June 2022

(including the 6-month progress report)

20 January 2023 6 month progress report for the period 1 July 2022 to 31 December 2022
14 July 2023

12 month annual report for the period 1 July 2022 to 30 June 2023

(including the 6-month progress report)

 

What happens if we miss the submission deadline?

DMIRS officers will be working to very tight deadlines in collating all the WA information to provide to ASEA, so extensions will not be granted.

DMIRS will be sending out reminder emails well in advance of the deadlines, so that government organisations can ensure they meet the submission deadlines.

Where can I download the WA NSP 2019-2023 reporting template?

You can download the template online.

Who can I contact about the NSP 2019-2023 reporting requirements?

If you have a question about the WA NSP 2019-2023 reporting template, please email nspaam@dmirs.wa.gov.au.

All other queries about the NSP 2019-2023 should be referred to ASEA.

Who is the ‘delegated authority’ in my organisation that I need to seek approval from, before submitting the WA NSP 2019-2023 reporting template?

The submission of your government organisation’s WA NSP 2019-2023 reporting template to DMIRS will require ‘delegated authority’ approval. For example, in your organisation, the delegated authority could be the DG, CEO or Executive.

It is very important to ensure the relevant person in your organisation checks the template for accuracy and approves its release, prior to submission to ASEA.

Can I just send DMIRS other asbestos reports by our organisation (e.g. asbestos register) instead of completing the WA NSP 2019-2023 reporting template?

No. The WA NSP 2019-2023 reporting template must be filled in completely. DMIRS will not accept any other form of submission.

Can I include attachments to the WA NSP 2019-2023 reporting template?

No. DMIRS will only accept the WA NSP 2019-2023 reporting template. There is a section at the end of the template, ‘Other asbestos-related activities’, where you can provide supplementary information.

What information will the ASEA final report on the national NSP 2019-2023 targets contain? How will our data be displayed?

You can view ASEAs previous NSP Final Report for 2014-2018 to understand what content might appear in ASEAs NSP Final Report for 2019-2023.

Any questions specific to reporting should be directed to ASEA.

How do we update our nominated contact persons with DMIRS?

To advise DMIRS of new contacts, email nspaam@dmirs.wa.gov.au.

Why are we required to report on the NSP 2019-2023 targets in our annual report and what information do we need to include?

The NSP 2019-2023 is consistent with the Western Australian Government policy on occupational safety and health.

On 9 November 2020, the Western Australian Government endorsed targets one to seven (targets eight and nine are Federal targets) of the NSP 2019-2023 which aims to eliminate asbestos-related diseases in Australia by preventing exposure to asbestos fibres.

Each Western Australian State and local government department, agency, authority and government enterprise is required to report on its progress in achieving the relevant targets of the NSP 2019-2023. Agencies may wish to include an overview of activities relating to:

  • identifying and assessing the risks associated with asbestos containing material from within government owned and controlled buildings, land and infrastructure;
  • developing and maintaining plans for the risk-based management of asbestos containing materials, which includes removal where required; and
  • asbestos compliance and enforcement (such as improvement notice, prohibition notice, prosecution action etc.); and
  • asbestos awareness, including training, publications and guidance materials.

The reporting of progress against the relevant targets of the NSP 2019-2023 is not restricted to the suggested points listed above. Agencies may also report on other aspects of their performance.  

For further information on the National Strategic Plan for Asbestos Awareness and Management 2019-2023 targets, visit the Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency website.

For further information on the National Strategic Plan for Asbestos Awareness and Management 2019-2023 targets, visit the Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency website.

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Last updated 18 Jun 2021

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