Building and Renovation Information - Beware of Asbestos

Asbestos is a naturally forming silicate mineral that is fibrous and can cause serious health impacts when free fibres are left to enter the environment. It was widely used as a water resistant and fire proof building material until an Australia wide ban was imposed in 2003.

For persons renovating homes that were built prior to 2003, it is likely that asbestos containing materials will be present. To see an overview of where asbestos containing materials may be present in your home, as well as relevant contacts for various issues, please see the following factsheet:

Fact Sheet - Asbestos (PDF) (2.46 MB)

Homeowners undertaking renovations to premises can legally undertake removal of up to 10 square metres of asbestos panelling as long as it is removed, packaged and disposed of in a safe and appropriate manner. If you are removing more than 10 square metres you MUST have the removal and disposal undertaken by a licensed/qualified asbestos removalist. The Safework NSW website has a function where you can search for a licensed asbestos removalist:

Council can legally accept asbestos for disposal at certain sites. Information on this can be found in the below Fact Sheet:

Disposal of Asbestos

More information on removal, as well as a 20 point asbestos safety check can be found here: and information on Asbestos Awareness can be found in Council’s Fact Sheet:

Asbestos Awareness (PDF - 266.18KB)

Safework NSW has produced a range of information on the safe handling, removal and disposal of asbestos materials, which can be accessed directly here:

Loose-fill Asbestos is raw crushed asbestos, which in the 1960s and 70s was installed in NSW residential properties as insulation. It is a problem that cannot be ignored, because over time, exposure pathways open up and airborne asbestos can move into living areas. If you have further questions, please feel free to contact the NSW Office of Fair Trading for more information, please visit NSW Fair Trading - Loose fill Asbestos website:

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