Asbestos safety

Overview

This page provides information about useful asbestos information, plus links to an Asbestos Register for Council Buildings.  

Asbestos-based building materials were used in the construction industry from the 1950s through the 1980s. These materials can no longer be produced or used in the Australian construction and manufacturing industries due to known associated health risks such as lung disease and cancer.

Existing older buildings may contain building elements or materials that contain asbestos. Undisturbed, undamaged and intact asbestos materials are generally considered safe.

Asbestos-based materials are potentially dangerous when people build or renovate and start removing, cleaning, cutting, sanding, drilling, grinding or pulling up materials that contain asbestos.  Once the hazardous fibres become airborne they can be inhaled.

Useful asbestos resources

  • Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency provides information on health matters relating to asbestos for for DIY renovators, real estate agents, tradespeople and importers.
  • Tenant NSW provides information on rights and owners obligations regarding rental properties for owners and tenants. 
  • SafeWork NSW provides information on how much asbestos can be removed without a licence and allows you to check the licenses of tradespeople before they undertake work on your property.
  • Asbestos removal and disposal on this website provides information about safe removal of asbestos, asbestos testing kits. Please also refer to Councils Asbestos Policy. 

  View Council's asbestos policy

Asbestos register of Council owned buildings

The Asbestos Register for Council Buildings lists council-owned buildings and the degree to which they contain asbestos.

View the Asbestos Register