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Worker's Compensation Dust Diseases Board of NSW

Workers' Compensation Dust Diseases Board

This website has been developed to help you and your family better understand the role of the Dust Diseases Board and the compensation process.  This website explains the steps you will need to take to find out whether you have contracted a dust disease as a result of your employment as a deemed worker in New South Wales and whether you are entitled to compensation.  After reading through this site, you may still have some questions about the compensation process.  The staff at the Dust Diseases Board will be happy to answer these questions or to provide you with further information.

The Board can be contacted between 9:00am and 5:00pm Monday to Friday, on the contact numbers to the right.





What's New 

March 2014


The DDB Board Satisfaction Survey 2013 Results provides an analysis of the results of a telephone survey undertaken in August 2013 of 209 clients and spouses of deceased clients of the Dust Diseases Board.  93% of interviewees rated the overall performance of the DDB favourably with the following areas showing the highest levels of client satisfaction:

  • the courteousness and helpfulness of DDB staff
  • the willingness of DDB staff to listen to their clients
  • the dignity and respect shown by DDB staff
  • the timeliness of provision of DDB services

The full results of the Client Satisfaction Survey can be viewed here.


January 2014

The Workers' Compensation (Dust Diseases) Board meets on the third Thursday of each month (unless otherwise specified).

The Board has seven members; an independpent chairperson; three members nominated by groups representing employers and three members nominated by groups representing employees.

The Board has sole responsibility for approving awards of compensation.  The Board's decision making is supported by a membership with relevant and practical understanding of the processes, methods and materials in industries where have been exposed. 

A full list of meetings scheduled for the 2014 can be accessed here




The Dust Diseases Board Annual Report provides information on our acheivements to deliver a sustainable compensation scheme for NSW workers with a dust disease and their dependants.

The DDB Annual Report 2012/13 is available for downloading on the publications page of this website


October 2013


The Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Treatment of Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma are published by the Asbestos Diseases Research Institute at Concord in Sydney.  They systematise the approach to the management of MPM based on the best available evidence in accordance with standards to the assessment of evidence developed by the National Health and Medical Research Council.


JUNE 2013


The Federal Government’s Office of Asbestos Safety has established a National Asbestos Exposure Register to record the details of members of the Australian community who think they may have been exposed to asbestos containing materials.

A registration form is available on the Office of Asbestos Safety’s website

Information about the National Asbestos Exposure Register is available on the above website or by telephoning 1300 363 079.

The DDB does not administer an exposure register. The only records kept by the DDB relate to persons who have made an application for compensation or been examined by the DDB. Those records are subject to privacy laws. 


April 2013

Asbestos plan for NSW 

The NSW State-wide Asbestos Plan aims to reduce the number of asbestos-related diseases in NSW.

The plan focuses on four key areas:

  • research – to develop a better understanding of asbestos issues and identify emerging asbestos-related hazards
  • risk communication – to raise public awareness
  • prevention – to coordinate illness-prevention strategies
  • coordination – to manage asbestos issues and emergency responses, increase compliance and clarify regulatory roles.

The plan identifies initiatives, actions, responsibilities and timeframes to address each of the four key areas.

Call 13 10 50 for more information on the NSW State wide asbestos plan.





Contact Details

Dust Diseases Board
Level 2, 82 Elizabeth Street
Sydney NSW 2000

Phone: (02) 8223 6600
Toll Free: 1800 550 027
Fax: (02) 8223 6699
Lung Bus: 1800 727 333

Legislation: DDB Act, 1942

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