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Asbestoswise - Supporting asbestos-related disease sufferers, friends and their families

Asbestoswise is a community-based charitable organisation providing information, education, advocacy, awareness and support to those in contact with asbestos in the environment, home or workplace and support to those suffering from an asbestos-related disease (ARD)

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Information at a glance

Asbestoswise, in conjunction with Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency, has produced eight concise Information Sheets about asbestos in the home.

1  Asbestos and your health
2  Asbestos in your home
3  Asbestos and your neighbours
4  Asbestos and rental properties
5  Asbestos information and support services
6  Contracting an asbestos removalist
7  Testing for asbestos
8  Disposing of asbestos yourself
    Complete set (10.7MB)


Public Information Sessions - Asbestos in your home

Working with a small grant from the Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency (ASEA) to work in partnership with four Melbourne metropolitan councils, asbestoswise recently hosted a series of public information sessions for local community members. 

The aim of these information sessions was to create awareness around the risk of asbestos exposure in the home environment and build community knowledge about how to safely deal with asbestos.
We would like to thank the following councils for their enthusiastic assistance:

Asbestoswise provides ongoing information services both on this site or by calling our information line on 03 9654 9555

"Surprised at where it is found and what it looks like"

The survey of community members attending "Asbestos in Your Home" public information sessions hosted at the Hume, Knox and Monash city councils highlighted that the public continue to be surprised by where asbestos containing materials can be found in homes built before 1990.
People attending the information sessions (funded through the Asbestos Safety & Eradication Agency) were surprised to learn that asbestos can be found in, for example vinyl tiles, wood heaters, imitation brick/weatherboard cladding or lagging around hot water pipes.
From a public health perspective, Asbestoswise believes more needs to be done to educate the public on where asbestos can be found in the home environment, to ensure that the risk of exposure to home renovators is minimized.
The information sheets on this site are concise guides to the topics most often raised through our information line and raised in the public information sessions.

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Management Opportunity

Committee of Management Member (voluntary)

Do you want to part of the movement to reduce the impact of asbestos exposure on our community’s health?
Asbestoswise is seeking Expressions of Interest from suitably qualified volunteers for up to two non-executive positions on the Committee of Management.

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Key Sponsors

  • Maurice Blackburn Lawyers - Asbestos Diseases
  • Slaterand  Gordon Lawyers