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.
Extensive sample testing of pre-1980s residential properties is being conducted in areas where it is believed loose-fill asbestos insulation might be present.
To find out which areas in NSW loose-fill asbestos has been found in residential properties and to access a weekly update of the results of technical testing click the property testing results link below.
In August 2015 NSW Fair Trading established the Loose-fill Asbestos Implementation Taskforce. The Taskforce is responsible for overseeing and implementing the Voluntary Purchase and Demolition Program and its associated Assistance Package.
The Program is designed to provide safety, certainty and support for NSW residents and is being delivered in four stages:
Assistance and identification – testing and technical assessments and support for affected owners and tenants as they progress through the Program
Purchase – valuation and purchase of affected properties
Demolition – demolition of affected properties and remediation of the land
Sale – sale of remediated land
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