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 is now being delivered to provide safety, certainty and support for the NSW community.
Licensed asbestos assessors are conducting extensive sample testing of pre-1980s residential properties based on voluntary registrations to determine the presence of loose-fill asbestos.
If you want to find out in which areas properties have confirmed the presence of loose-fill asbestos insulation, or to stay up to date with home testing results, refer to the property testing results page.
If you want to find out how to arrange your own home testing visit the testing for loose-fill asbestos page.
We regularly report on the outcomes and achievements of the Voluntary Purchase and Demolition Program. Visit the Performance update page to keep yourself informed.
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