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About the notifiable dust lung disease register

Changes to the Public Health Act 2005 (the Act) and the Public Health Regulation 2018 were passed by Queensland Parliament in response to the emergence of occupational dust lung diseases, including coal workers’ pneumoconiosis and silicosis.

The Act and regulation changes provide a legislative framework for Queensland Health to establish a notifiable dust lung disease register (NDLD register), which commenced operations on 1 July 2019.

The NDLD register allows Queensland Health to monitor and analyse the incidence of notifiable dust lung diseases.

A notifiable dust lung disease is any of the following respiratory diseases when caused by occupational exposure to inorganic dust:

  • cancer (e.g. mesothelioma)
  • chronic obtrusive pulmonary disease, including bronchitis and emphysema
  • pneumoconiosis, including
    • asbestosis
    • coal workers’ pneumoconiosis
    • mixed-dust pneumoconiosis
    • silicosis.

Examples of inorganic dust include dust from silica, coal, asbestos, natural stone, tungsten, cobalt, aluminium and beryllium.

Prescribed medical practitioners from the following specialities are required to notify the NDLD register if they make a diagnosis of a notifiable dust lung disease:

  • occupational and environmental medicine
  • respiratory and sleep medicine.

The Act also allows Queensland Health to request information about notifications of notifiable dust lung diseases from other State agencies, for example, the Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy and the Office of Industrial Relations.

Learn more about making a notification to the NDLD register.

Further information

Last updated: 1 July 2020