Asbestos in domestic buildings
Asbestos is a fibrous mineral that was used in various building products until the mid-1980s. The most common of these products was asbestos cement, which was typically used as a sheet-backing for ceramic tiles, external cladding (fibro), corrugated roofing and the like.
Health impacts of asbestos
Airborne asbestos fibres have been linked to various lung diseases.
Here are some resources that contain information about asbestos in domestic environments.
EPA Asbestos webpage
State Government Asbestos web page
WorkSafe asbestos page
The Occupational Health and Safety Regulations 2007 set out the requirements for the removal and disposal of asbestos.
Asbestos removal must be done by a licensed removalist and WorkSafe must be notified of any work taking place.