Health Minister Greg Hunt has said the Federal Government will take the next steps for a national registry on silicosis, with the support of the states at today's health COAG meeting.
It follows growing concerns around the increase of stone benches in kitchens throughout Australia, and the potential health impacts on the workers who cut and install it.
Mr Hunt said the Government would write to Safe Work Australia, as well as urge medical experts to get started on a national registry on the dust lung disease.
"We have to move quickly because we have to protect patients and we have to protect families, so our approach is very clear," Mr Hunt said.
"We have committed to immediately write to Safe Work Australia to ensure that standards are put in place and that there is a review of existing state-based laws and standards.
"We are also requesting that consideration be immediately done by our leading medical groups towards a national registry for patients with silicosis.
"These two things are the critical steps, and we have taken them with the support of the states and territories today."
Earlier, Mr Hunt said he would raise the issue at today's health COAG meeting with state health ministers in Adelaide.
It followed calls from the Royal Australasian College of Physicians and the Thoracic Society for urgent national health screening of stonemasons to check for the silicosis.
Doctors have described silicosis as Australia's worst occupational lung-disease crisis since asbestos.
Engineered stone can contain up to 90 per cent silica, higher than the content in granite or marble.
Queensland Health Minister Steven Miles said his state had offered "in principle" support for a national registry.
"There was agreement between the states and the Commonwealth that there should be more coordination between the states and the Commonwealth on silicosis," he said.
However, he said it was up to the Federal Government to monitor the product which was causing health problems.
"The vast bulk of these manufactured stones are imported and the power to regulate imports rests with the Commonwealth," he said.
Melbourne man Tahir Ozkul — who has accelerated silicosis — spoke to the ABC's 7.30 program and said he worked for years in a small factory with just a paper mask for protection.
He said after a day of cutting kitchen benchtops he looked like a "snowman".
Now, Mr Ozkul struggles to walk more than 20 metres unassisted, needs oxygen to breathe, and finds it hard to complete basic daily tasks.
"I can't do normal activity like walk, I can't go somewhere easily, I have to carry all the time my oxygen," he said.
"The pain, the short breath is very bad, I feel very uncomfortable."
He is this week recovering from a lung transplant.
The Queensland Government confirmed 35 stonemasons had the potentially-fatal disease, after cutting engineered stone kitchen benchtops.
An investigation by the ABC's 7.30 program discovered more cases in New South Wales, Victoria and the ACT.