Asbestos Legislation

The use of all forms of asbestos has been banned in Australia since the end of 2003. This means that the import, manufacture, supply, sale and use or reuse of asbestos and asbestos-containing products is no longer permitted. The ban does not apply to asbestos installed prior to this date (eg in residential or commercial buildings).

Asbestos Inspections are needed before you start any renovation or maintenance work because it is estimated that 1/3 of all homes built in Australia contain asbestos.

Due to its strength, durability and resistance to fire and water, asbestos was used in a wide range of building products and materials up until the mid-1980s. Products that may contain asbestos include vinyl floor tiles, cement roof sheeting and wall lining, lagging and jointing material and fire blankets.

You should consult the site for information about the duties and responsibilities regarding Asbestos and the extent of your management or control for:

  • Employers and your role in safe management of Asbestos in Workplaces
  • Self Employed and your role in health a safety related to Asbestos
  • Commercial Property Owners and what you need to know if you rent or lease a building to a business or businesses
  • Employees and removing exposure to Asbestos
  • Laws and guidance relating to workplaces

For more information about asbestos legislation in Victoria please visit

Melbourne Building Inspections