The use of all forms of asbestos has been banned in Australia since the end of 2003.
This means that the import, manufacture, supply, sale and use or reuse of asbestos and asbestos-containing products is no longer permitted. The ban doesn’t apply to asbestos installed prior to this date (eg in residential or commercial buildings).
Due to its strength, durability and resistance to fire and water, asbestos was used in a wide range of building products and materials up until the mid-1980s. Products that may contain asbestos include vinyl floor tiles, cement roof sheeting and wall lining, lagging and jointing material and fire blankets.
WorkSafe is one of three agencies in Victoria that provides information on asbestos.
We provide advice and information to help employers and workers understand the risks of asbestos, how to comply with your duties, and resources for managing and removing asbestos in workplaces.
If you are a householder intending to work with or remove asbestos from your home, the Department of Health can assist you.
If you involved in the disposal or transportation of waste asbestos, please contact EPA Victoria.
Your local council may also provide information on domestic renovations or construction work. Find your local council here.
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What is asbestos?
What illnesses can asbestos cause?
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Prohibitions on asbestos
Compliance & enforcement
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