Do new building materials contain asbestos?

No. Since 31 December 2003, asbestos and all products containing asbestos have been banned throughout Australia.

It is illegal to import, store, supply, sell, install, use or re-use these materials. The ban does not apply to asbestos installed prior to this date (eg. asbestos in houses).

What should I do if I find asbestos in my home?

If materials containing asbestos are in your home and are in good condition (ie. undamaged, undisturbed), the safest option is to leave them alone.

In other words, let sleeping dogs lie!

If left alone and in good condition, these materials are not dangerous as the asbestos fibres are tightly bound and very few escape into the air over time.

Visually inspect the materials from time to time for deterioration and damage.

Can I get materials tested for asbestos?

Yes. Laboratories that analyse building materials for asbestos can be found by contacting the National Association of Testing Authorities. The laboratories can also give you advice on how to correctly take and send a sample. There will be fees involved.

You can also contact an asbestos consultant for advice. ECA provide these services and are able to have the results returned to you in days, and also recommending what action should be taken if the results are positive.