Victorian Asbestos Eradication Agency

Our Purpose

The Victorian Asbestos Eradication Agency (VAEA) was established in 2016 by an Order in Council to: 

  1. prioritise and plan for the removal of the asbestos from government owned buildings 

  2. develop a risk based schedule for the prioritised removal of asbestos from government owned buildings 

  3. report on the ongoing progress of asbestos removal from government owned buildings

By working toward the eradication of asbestos from Victorian government buildings, we will help prevent asbestos exposure, reduce the risk of asbestos related diseases and make Victorian workplaces and communities safer.

Our Structure

We are an independent state body reporting to the Minister for Workplace Safety. We are also a subsidiary of WorkSafe Victoria the state workplace health and safety regulator. The VAEA’s report of operations and financial statements are consolidated within WorkSafe Victoria's annual report.

We have three board members:

Dianne Foggo AM, Independent Chair 

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Dianne Foggo AM was appointed Chair of the VAEA Board in December 2016. Ms Foggo works as a private conciliator and mediator. Dianne was a Commissioner at the Fair Work Commission for 19 years and the Deputy Chancellor of Victoria University. She worked as a teacher in Victoria, South Australia and the Northern Territory, was President of Australian Education Union and a Vice President of the Australian Council of Trade Unions.

Dianne is a life member of the AEU and the IR Society of Victoria and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate at Victoria University in 2011. Dianne was awarded an Order of Australia (AM) in 2015 in recognition of her work in governance and administration in the university sector, the representation of women and industrial relations.

Jane Brockington Non-executive WorkSafe Director 

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Jane was appointed to the VAEA Board in April 2020. Jane is the Principal of Bridging Policy and Practice where her work encompasses regulatory practice, governance and strategy.

Jane is also a non-executive Director on the board of WorkSafe Victoria, TRY Australia and the Transport Accident Commission (TAC). She is a member of governance committees for several other public sector and not-for-profit organisations. Previously Jane held leadership roles in the Victorian and Commonwealth public sectors.

Simone Stevenson, Chief Executive Officer 

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Simone Stevenson was appointed the inaugural Executive Director of the Victorian Asbestos Eradication Agency in December 2016. Ms Stevenson has an extensive background in policy development, program implementation and stakeholder engagement in government, not-for-profit and private sectors.

Simone’s wide experience covers the fields of occupational health and safety, workers’ compensation, workplace relations, health and international development policy. She provided advice on the establishment of the Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency and the development of the National Strategic Plan for Asbestos Management and Awareness.

Our team works collaboratively with Victorian government departments, agencies and public sector bodies to develop a best practice plan for the risk based asbestos removal. 

Reviewed 13 May 2021

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Victorian Asbestos Eradication Agency