This website has been constructed as a community resource to help you find out about asbestos in Australia in a clear and user-friendly way.

While all forms of asbestos have been banned in Australia since 2003, exposure to asbestos dust remains an issue. This is due to the very high levels of asbestos-containing materials in public, commercial and residential buildings that were constructed before 1990. 

> Home renovators may be exposed when doing up their homes. 
> Bystanders may be exposed when asbestos has been indiscriminately dumped in the environment or buildings containing asbestos demolished unsafely. 
> Communities devastated by natural disasters such as bushfires and cyclones may be exposed. 
> Some may become exposed due to the illegal import of asbestos products and goods containing asbestos.
> Exposure may still take place in unsafe workplaces.

Not all exposure to asbestos dust will lead to asbestos-related disease, but a person's capacity to deal with the deadly dust will vary, depending on their immune system. The only sensible thing to do is to avoid inhaling asbestos dust. 

 If you are concerned about any possible risk to your health or the health of others in your family or community, then the best thing you can do is to be well informed.  We hope our website helps you do this. Wherever appropriate we will also point you to other key resources and services you may find useful.