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.