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Asbestos Compensation Scheme

Tasmania’s asbestos compensation scheme provides fair and appropriate compensation to:

  • a worker who develops an asbestos-related disease as a result of exposure to asbestos during the course of their work in Tasmania; and
  • certain family members of a worker who has died as a result of asbestos-related disease.

If you fall into either of these categories, you can make a claim for compensation.

Workers

If you are, or were, a worker as defined by the legislation (see Definitions in asbestos compensation), you may be entitled to compensation under the scheme if:

  • you have been diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease, and
  • you were exposed to asbestos fibres during the course of your work in connection with Tasmania, and
  • you have not previously received compensation, including through a common law settlement, for the asbestos-related disease that you are claiming for.

Family members

If you are a family member of a worker who has died from an asbestos-related disease, you may be eligible for compensation if:

  • you are a spouse, or child under the age of 22, 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.

Hiring a lawyer

There is no requirement to seek legal assistance before you make a claim, but you can if you wish to.

Supporting applicants

The Scheme works closely with applicants to:

  • provide advice on eligibility
  • keep applicants informed of the progress of their application
  • ensure compensation is paid quickly and any expenses are paid promptly.

Resources

Guide to Asbestos Compensation in Tasmania (PDF, 589.4 KB)

Tasmania Asbestos Compensation Information (PDF, 336.1 KB)

Further information

Asbestos claims for workers

Asbestos claims for family members

Asbestos statutory benefits

Asbestos safety

Asbestos removal licensing

National Asbestos Exposure Register (external link)

Updated: 10th December 2019