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Loose-fill asbestos insulation 

Loose-fill asbestos is raw crushed asbestos, which in the 1960s and 70s was installed as ceiling insulation in an unknown number of NSW homes. Over time hazardous airborne fibres can move from the ceiling into living spaces.

Earlier experience in both NSW and the ACT has demonstrated that simply removing loose-fill asbestos from a ceiling cavity does not remove the enduring hazard.

The NSW Government, with input from a range of experts, has determined that demolition, comprehensive site remediation and disposal are the best ways to ensure the health and safety of the NSW community.

The Voluntary Purchase and Demolition Program (the Program) and its associated financial assistance package provide safety, certainty and support for NSW residents.

Related measures include new laws to identify properties affected by loose-fill asbestos insulation and to protect residents, workers and communities.

Under the Home Building Act 1989 the NSW Government is required to maintain a register of residential properties that contain loose-fill asbestos insulation. This enables emergency services, tradespeople, Councils and the broader community to check whether a particular property is affected.

Property testing undertaken by licensed asbestos assessors is the best and safest way to determine whether or not a property contains loose-fill asbestos insulation.


Program update

Voluntary Purchase and Demolition Program

Information current as at 12/6/2018


Registrations eligible for testing

Registrations not proceeding: 32,399
Registrations icon Sample tests icon 65,483
Sample tests completed
Including 65,340 negative tests
Identified affected properties
Affected properties icon Valuations requested icon 142
Valuations requested
Including 142 completed valuations
Financial assistance payments
Financial assistance payments icon Stamp duty concesssions claimed icon 32
Stamp duty concessions claimed
Properties purchased
Properties purchased icon Demolitions completed icon

Demolitions completed and sites remediated

Remediated properties returned to owners 
Properties returned to owners icon Properties sold icon 13
Remediated properties sold back to the community



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