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Standard fact sheet.

Mandatory tagging 

of properties affected by loose-fill asbestos insulation 

Under the Home Building Act 1989, a property affected by loose-fill asbestos must display a warning sign at its main switchboard once it has been added to the Loose-fill Asbestos Insulation Register (the LFAI Register).

The tagging of premises helps ensure the health and safety of emergency services workers, tradespeople, service providers and maintenance workers by enabling them to easily identify properties that contain loose-fill asbestos insulation.

Displaying warning signs 

The owner of an affected property is responsible for ensuring that a compliant warning sign is displayed at the main switchboard of the affected premises.

A warning sign needs to be displayed once a property has been verified as being affected by loose-fill asbestos insulation and appears on the LFAI Register. More information can be found on the Public register of affected properties page on the NSW Fair Trading website.

If the property is within a strata scheme, the owner's corporation must ensure that a compliant warning sign is displayed at the main switchboard located on common property.

NSW Fair Trading will provide the approved warning sign labels for all homes on the register.

Homeowners still have a responsibility to inform emergency services, tradespeople, other workers, tenants and potential buyers that the property contains loose-fill asbestos, even when the warning label is displayed.

It is very important that homeowners do not attempt to attach the warning sign label if doing so presents a risk to their health or safety. For example, if the switchboard is at a height the owner cannot access, is in a poor condition or if the switchboard has been confirmed to contain loose-fill asbestos.

If a homeowner needs assistance to place the warning sign label on the main switchboard, they can contact NSW Fair Trading on 13 77 88 or  Asbestosenquiry@finance.nsw.gov.au.

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Removal of warning signs 

Once a warning sign is affixed, it must not be removed. For homeowners participating in the Voluntary Purchase and Demolition program (the Program), the warning signs must remain on the main switchboard until the property has been demolished, the land remediated and the property removed from the Register.

Evidence of satisfactory demolition and remediation (i.e. a Clearance Certificate) needs to be supplied to NSW Fair Trading  before the property to be removed from the Register.

NSW Fair Trading may authorise a person in writing, to remove a warning sign. If this permission is not obtained from NSW Fair Trading and a warning sign is removed, penalty notices of $1,100 for an individual and $2,200 for a corporation may apply.

If a warning sign is removed or defaced, the homeowner or resident must contact NSW Fair Trading on 13 77 88 or AsbestosTaskforce@finance.nsw.gov.au to arrange a replacement label.

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Unverified premises 

In cases where NSW Fair Trading is satisfied that there is substantial evidence that a premises contains loose-fill asbestos insulation, these premises may be listed on the Register.

A warning sign will need to be displayed at the property’s main switchboard if the property is listed on the Register.

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Non-compliance with tagging 

It is a legislative requirement for warning signs to be displayed once an affected property is listed on the Register. If a homeowner refuses to attach the warning sign label on the main switchboard, they can receive on the spot fines of $1,100 for an individual and $2,200 for a corporation.

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Tagging process 

NSW Fair Trading will provide homeowners with approved warning sign labels in the mail as part of the following package:

  • A letter outlining responsibilities and requirements around the warning signs
  • Approved warning sign labels for affixing to the affected premises electrical switchboard
  • Information on how and where to place the warning sign label
  • A confirmation form for the homeowner to complete when the warning sign label is displayed as required. The homeowner will need to return this form to NSW Fair Trading.

Upon receiving this warning sign label pack, homeowners with any questions should contact NSW Fair Trading on 13 77 88 or AsbestosTaskforce@finance.nsw.gov.au.

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Homeowners who do not participate in the Program 

Homeowners who elect to withdraw from the Program after a sample test confirms their property contains loose-fill asbestos will still be required to display a warning sign at the property's main switchboard.

In these circumstances, there is no avenue for homeowners to remove the warning sign from their premises until the property is removed from the LFAI Register.

For an affected property to be removed from the register the premises needs to be demolished, the land which the affected premises was on remediated and a Clearance Certificate issued.

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Information for workers 

Should a tradesperson encounter a property with a warning sign, they should take all necessary steps to mitigate any risks of exposure to themselves or to residents. It may also be appropriate to engage a licensed asbestos assessor to assist on site.

More information can be found on the Working in an affected home page on the NSW Fair Trading website.

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Tenant responsibility 

A tenant is not to remove or deface the warning sign. If the warning sign label has been removed, damaged or defaced, the tenant should notify their landlord or managing agent so a replacement can be arranged.

If a tenant knows that the property they are renting contains loose-fill asbestos insulation but there is no warning sign label on the property’s main switchboard, they should inform NSW Fair Trading by email to  AsbestosTaskforce@finance.nsw.gov.au.

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