About the program

Voluntary Purchase and Demolition Program

Loose-fill asbestos is raw crushed asbestos, which was installed as ceiling insulation in an unknown number of pre-1980s 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.

Under the Program, owners have options available to them, including the NSW Government purchasing their home at market value. The affected property will then be demolished and the land remediated. The process flowchart (PDF, 1107.28 KB) maps the steps involved for participating in the Program.

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

Inspections of pre-1980s properties are being completed in identified areas for owners who registered for testing. 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.

If you did not register for testing and are concerned that your property may be affected by loose-fill asbestos insulation, visit the Testing for loose-fill asbestos page to find out more about arranging your own test.

For more information, visit the frequently asked questions page or call Service NSW on 13 77 88.

Information current as at 16/11/2018

Registrations eligible for testing

Registrations not proceeding: 33,752
Sample tests completed
Including 70,942 negative tests
Identified affected properties
Valuations requested
Including 148 completed valuations


Financial assistance payments

Stamp duty concessions claimed


Properties purchased

Demolitions completed and sites remediated

Remediated properties returned to owners 
Remediated properties sold back to the community

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