Licencing Requirements for Removing Asbestos

Since 1 January 2008, a bonded asbestos licence has been required in NSW to remove more than 10 square metres of bonded asbestos material. A licensed bonded asbestos removalist can remove any amount of bonded asbestos material. Licencing for asbestos removalists is regulated and administered by WorkCover NSW. The two types of asbestos licences are designated as AS1 and AS2 licences.

  • AS1 licences the operator to carry out work with friable and bonded asbestos.
  • AS2 licences the operator to carry out work with bonded asbestos only.


WorkCover NSW provides extensive guidelines for dealing with asbestos. The WorkCover catalogue titled “Working with Asbestos Guide” provides up to date guidance on identification, licencing and working with asbestos. 

  • Working with Asbestos Guide