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Release of Safe Work Australia report into silicosis


The Hon Tony Burke MP
Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations
Minister for the Arts

The Albanese Labor Government has today agreed with all jurisdictions to release the Safe Work Australia report into silicosis.

This report was commissioned by Commonwealth, State and Territory Work Health and Safety Ministers in February this year.

The final report is powerful and compelling. It shows very clearly why we need further action to protect workers from this deadly disease.

No one should ever contract a terminal illness simply because they’ve turned up to work.

The Government is working with the states and territories on a co-operative national response. 

We will convene another meeting of Work Health and Safety Ministers this year to decide on next steps.

The release of this report is important to inform the public debate as further decisions are made.

The report can be accessed at the Safe Work Australia website