This consultation paper is being released by the Department of Health, on behalf of the Taskforce, to initiate the first stage of consultation with the community and stakeholders to inform the Taskforce’s review.
This paper provides background and context information to start the conversation about dust diseases, in particular, the emergence of new cases of accelerated silicosis. It is not intended to be a comprehensive analysis or to put forward suggestions for possible solutions or policy responses.
At its first meeting on 1 August 2019, the Taskforce acknowledged the importance of early and effective engagement with the community and the broad range of stakeholders including governments, industry, unions, regulators, medical practitioners, businesses, employers, employees and coworkers. Through this consultation process the Taskforce seeks to understand this issue further from a range of perspectives.