If your home was built before 1990, asbestos can be found anywhere inside or outside the property.
While completely banned in Australia since 2003, this cancer-causing building material was used in thousands of products.
Asbestos is dangerous if damaged, disturbed or has deteriorated. It poses a health risk if fibres become airborne and can be inhaled. If you’re intending to renovate or make repairs around the home, it is important to plan ahead, to avoid delays, cost blow outs, and to protect your health.
Where can asbestos be found?
National Asbestos Awareness Week (20-26 November 2023) reminds tradespeople, home renovators and DIYers that the danger of asbestos is far from over and encourages everyone to Be Asbestos Ready when doing home renovations or maintenance.
Asbestos can be found throughout the home, in places like walls, bathrooms, ceilings, floors, laundries, kitchens, roofs, fences and garages.
Asbestos is found in 1 in 3 homes across Australia
Be Asbestos Ready
Before you begin a renovation, please follow these three simple steps.
1. Think ahead:
Remember that asbestos was used in more than 3,000 building products and can be found throughout the home.
2. Plan ahead:
Exposure to asbestos fibres can cause cancer. Fibres from disturbed, damaged or deteriorating asbestos are easily inhaled and can be a health risk. There’s no fast or easy way to remove it, so plan ahead to avoid delays and cost blow outs.
3. Get a professional:
Please don’t risk your health, or anyone else’s health. If you’re renovating, start by contacting a licensed asbestos professional if you aren’t trained to locate, manage or remove it.
Council’s free asbestos collection service
City of Parramatta offers a free collection program for the safe disposal of bonded asbestos from households in the Parramatta Local Government Area.
Residents can register to have up to 10 square meters of bonded asbestos (fibro, cement sheeting, mouldings and pipe, floor underlay etc) collected from their property by a licensed contractor free of charge.
The material must be loose and not attached to timber, concrete or tiles. For more information or to pre-register for collection please call 9806 5544 or fill in the form on this page.
For quantities of more than 10 square metres, please visit the NSW EPA website for details of licensed facilities that accept household asbestos.