Asbestos compensation

The asbestos compensation scheme aims to ensure that Tasmanian workers with an asbestos-related disease, reasonably attributable to exposure at work, and their families can access statutory compensation to assist them in a difficult period of their lives.

The scheme aims to provide fair and appropriate compensation and pay certain expenses to workers with asbestos-related diseases, and family members of deceased workers.

This information has been developed to help you and your family understand the compensation process. It explains the steps you will need to take to find out whether you are entitled to compensation.

To be entitled to compensation under the Asbestos-Related Diseases (Occupational Exposure) Compensation Act 2011, a person must be, or must have been, a worker as defined under the legislation, at the time of exposure to asbestos. A person may still be eligible even if they have retired from the workforce.

Eligibility

A person may be eligible for compensation if:

  • they have been diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease; and
  • they were exposed to asbestos fibres while employed in Tasmania; and
  • they have not previously received any compensation, including through a common law settlement, for the asbestos-related disease they are applying for.

Certain family members of a worker that has died from an asbestos-related disease may be eligible for compensation if:

  • that person is a member of the family of a worker who has died from an asbestos-related disease; and
  • the deceased worker would have been eligible for compensation if they were still alive.

Assistance

There is no requirement under the Compensation Scheme for applicants to seek legal assistance before submitting a claim. However, applicants may choose to do so if they wish. Alternative assistance can be located on the Applicant page.