Media Statement, 6 September 2021

National Dust Disease Taskforce Final Report

The National Dust Disease Taskforce (Taskforce) has completed its independent review of the systems in place for the prevention, early identification, control and management of accelerated silicosis from engineered stone, and broader occupational dust diseases. The Final Report was developed following extensive consultation with a broad range of stakeholders, and consideration of specifically commissioned research.

AESAG supports in principle the recommendations of the National Dust Disease Taskforce and its identified need for ‘systemic change’ to improve protection for workers in all dust-generating industries.

AESAG remains a strong advocate for a mandatory nationwide licensing scheme for stonemasons and fabricators and looks forward to working with federal and state governments, regulators and the industry on the development of an effective scheme and other measures to improve workplace safety.