If your home was built or renovated before 1987 it is likely to contain some asbestos.

If you suspect asbestos in your building you should get it checked by a qualified professional.

About asbestos

Asbestos is a dangerous mineral, commonly found in residential homes and buildings. When asbestos particles are inhaled it can cause mesothelioma, lung cancer and asbestosis.

For information about identifying and removing asbestos safely, please visit the Asbestos in NSW website.

Asbestos in public places

If you find asbestos on public land, roads, beaches, footpaths or reserves, please let us know:

Please supply as much detail as possible, including photos if you have them. This helps us to investigate the dumped material quickly and thoroughly.

Removing asbestos from your home

There is no safe level of exposure to asbestos.

While it is legal for you to remove and correctly dispose of up to 10m2 of bonded asbestos such as fibro, piping etc, we recommend asbestos is removed by a licensed removalist.

If you are planning renovations or maintenance:

  • before you undertake home renovations or maintenance visit NSW Government – Asbestos in NSW. This site contains information, resources and checklists, and guidelines on how to remove asbestos safely

  • before beginning to remove asbestos prepare an asbestos removal plan

  • when handling asbestos it is important that you wear the correct Personal Protective Equipment and don't create extra dust which could be harmful to you and your family. If in doubt, call an expert

  • the material must be disposed of at specific waste sites. Always phone the landfill you plan to visit in advance to ensure they accept household asbestos waste (many also require 24 hour’s notice of the delivery). Find a local facility that accepts household quantities.