Safely Dealing With Asbestos

Asbestos-containing materials were commonly found in many homes built before 1990 and were popular because they were cheap to produce, lightweight, versatile and fire-resistant.

RISK

Asbestos can be dangerous and can pose a personal, public and environmental risk and its use was banned in Australia from 1 January 2004.

Breathing in asbestos fibres can lead to diseases such as asbestosis, lung cancer and mesothelioma which can lead to debilitating illness and premature death.

REMOVAL AND DISPOSAL

Due to the risks of asbestos exposure, it is not recommended that you remove asbestos yourself if you have not done any asbestos awareness training.

Asbestos waste should be dealt with by a trained professional and can only be disposed of at specific landfills throughout Victoria licensed to receive asbestos waste.

For more detailed information about asbestos, its safe removal and disposal, and support and advocacy for those with asbestos-related conditions, refer to the links below or contact your local council.

Asbestos.vic.gov.au

Whether you are an employer, employee, homeowner or tenant, this website is a comprehensive resource to help you understand the risks of asbestos, and how to safely manage or remove it.

This website contains guidance from WorkSafe Victoria (WorkSafe), the Environment Protection Authority Victoria (EPA) and the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). The website provides information to help homeowners, tenants, employers and employees understand the risks of asbestos.

This includes the legal duties that apply, how to comply with those duties, and resources for safely managing and removing asbestos in homes and workplaces.

Latrobe Valley Asbestos Taskforce

The Latrobe Valley Asbestos Taskforce was established by the Victorian Government in 2019 to undertake a review into how asbestos is managed in the Latrobe Valley.

The Taskforce has developed a matrix with the aim of providing the community with examples of asbestos issues/concerns, and then where to go to for help or further information.

Who Does What in Asbestos - community matrix

Asbestos Council of Victoria/GARDS

Asbestos Council of Victoria/GARDS has been operating since (1991) to support asbestos sufferers in Gippsland and throughout Victoria.

ACV/GARDS is a not for profit organisation, endorsed as a deductible gift recipient and has Charity Tax concession, and is the largest asbestos support and advocacy group in Victoria.

ACV/GARDS is open to anyone whose lives have been affected by asbestos, their families and the general public.

Asbestosis and Mesothelioma Association of Australia (AMAA) 

AMAA provides support to sufferers of asbestos disease and their families; an organisation developed by patients for patients.

It seeks to improve health and support services for people with asbestos related diseases, their families and the broader community.

Its goals are that sufferers of asbestos related diseases will be offered a better quality of life and have access to greater treatment options and care.

The Mesothelioma Center (US site)

Australia has the second-highest mesothelioma death rate in the world, trailing only that of the United Kingdom. Mesothelioma, a rare cancer caused by asbestos exposure, is leaving its mark on the nation with more than 10,000 people succumbing to the disease since the early 1980s.

A 2021 research study cited The Australian Faculty of Occupational Medicine guide on Occupational Cancer, stating that nearly all cases of mesothelioma are asbestos-related and can arise from asbestos levels close to background levels present in urban environments.

Mesothelioma in Australia