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Information for the community 

Loose-fill asbestos and the community

If you own a residential property in NSW and your property has been confirmed to contain loose-fill asbestos, you are eligible to participate in the NSW Government’s Voluntary Purchase and Demolition Program.

The program is being delivered in four stages:

  • Identification and assistance – property testing, air/dust assessments and support for owners and tenants of affected properties
  • Purchase – valuation and purchase of affected properties
  • Demolition and remediation – demolition of affected properties and remediation of the land
  • Use or sale of vacant land.

After a property has been purchased, but prior to its demolition, NSW Fair Trading will engage with neighbours and councils to discuss any impacts on the neighbourhood or the local community.

For more information have a look at the demolition information for neighbours page or read the Loose-fill Asbestos Guide for Neighbours and the NSW Community (PDF size: 600kb).

If you have health concerns because you may have lived in, worked in, or visited an affected property, you should consult a qualified medical practitioner.

Find out more on our health and safety page.

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Property testing

The NSW Government is currently providing free home testing for loose-fill asbestos to homeowners who registered their pre-1980s prior to the closing date.

If you are concerned that your property may be affected by loose-fill asbestos but did not register for free sample testing visit the testing for loose-fill asbestos page to find out how to arrange your own test.

You can find out about testing in your local area by visiting the property testing results page.

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New laws

The NSW Government is committed to safety, certainty and support for the community. So a number of new laws have been introduced to identify properties affected by loose-fill asbestos insulation and to protect residents, workers and communities.

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Public register of affected properties

NSW Fair Trading maintains a Loose-fill Asbestos Insulation Register, which allows you to search by address to find out whether a property is affected.

Only properties confirmed as containing loose-fill asbestos are listed in the register. A property will only be removed once demolition and comprehensive site remediation is complete.

If you have concerns that a property may be affected by loose-fill asbestos but does not appear on the register, you should discuss the matter with the homeowner.

You can search online for properties to see if they are affected by loose-fill asbestos.

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Property tagging

A property affected by loose-fill asbestos must display a warning sign at the main switchboard once it has been added to the public register.

The warning sign helps ensure the health and safety of emergency workers, tradespeople, service providers and maintenance workers.

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NSW Fair Trading acknowledges the ACT Asbestos Response Taskforce for their permission to re-edit and re-use audio-visual material in the making of this animated sequence.

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