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Loose-fill asbestos insulation 

Tamworth testing registration buttonLoose-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 (the Program) and its associated financial assistance package provide safety, certainty and support for NSW residents.

Related measures include new laws to identify properties affected by loose-fill asbestos insulation and to protect residents, workers and communities.

Under the Home Building Act 1989 the NSW Government is required to maintain a register of residential properties that contain loose-fill asbestos insulation. This enables emergency services, tradespeople, Councils and the broader community to check whether a particular property is affected.

Property testing undertaken by licensed asbestos assessors is the best and safest way to determine whether or not a property contains loose-fill asbestos insulation.


Program update

Voluntary Purchase and Demolition Program

Information current as at 21/03/2017


Registrations not proceeding: 24,731
Registrations icon Sample tests icon 22,932
Sample tests conducted
Including 22,795 negative tests
Affected properties
Affected properties icon Valuations requested icon 131
Valuations requested
Including 121 completed valuations
Financial assistance payments
Financial assistance payments icon Properties purchased icon 68
Properties purchased
Stamp duty concessions claimed
Stamp duty concessions claimed icon Stamp duty concessions icon

Offers accepted - Land and premises

Offers accepted - Premises only
Demolitions commenced icon Demolitions started icon 18 Demolitions started

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