On 13 October 2016, as part of its broader inquiry, the committee resolved to inquire into the illegal importation of products containing asbestos. The committee adopted the following additional terms of reference for this part of the inquiry:
The illegal importation of products containing asbestos and its impact on the health and safety of the Australian community, with particular reference to:
(a) the prevalence and sources of illegally imported products containing asbestos;
(b) the effect of illegally imported products containing asbestos on:
(i) industry supply chains, including importers, manufacturers and fabricators, and
(ii) workplace and public safety and any associated risks;
(c) possible improvements to the current regulatory frameworks for ensuring products containing asbestos are not illegally imported to Australia, with particular reference to the effectiveness of:
(i) policing, enforcement, surveillance and screening of imported products, including restrictions and penalties imposed on importers and end users of products containing asbestos;
(ii) preventing exposure and protecting the health and safety of workers and other people affected by the illegal importation of products containing asbestos,
(iii) establishing responsibility for remediation of sites where illegally imported products containing asbestos has been found;
(iv) coordination between Commonwealth, state and territory governments and the role of the Australian Government in coordinating a strategic approach to preventing the importation of products containing asbestos;
(d) any other related matters.
The committee tabled its interim report on aluminium composite cladding on 6 September 2017. In addition to this interim report on asbestos, the committee agreed to table its final inquiry report on 30 April 2018.