Asbestos is a group of naturally occurring rock minerals. Asbestos fibres are strong and heat resistant, and have natural insulating properties.
Asbestos was previously used extensively in building products in Australia. All use, import or manufacture of asbestos was banned completely in Australia by 2003.
Asbestos - Victorian government information
The Victorian Government asbestos website, Asbestos in Victoria contains guidance from WorkSafe Victoria, the Environment Protection Authority and the department. The website includes information to help home owners, tenants, employers and workers understand the risks of asbestos and to find out who to contact for asbestos information and advice.
Asbestos and your health
For information about asbestos and your health, see the Asbestos and your health page on the Better Health Channel website.
Guide for safe management and removal of asbestos
Asbestos: a guide for householders and the general public provides useful information for the public, including how to safely manage the risks from materials containing asbestos in and around their homes.
The guide was produced by the Environmental Health Standing Committee (enHealth) and endorsed by the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee. It is a national publication to which state and territory governments and the Australian Government have contributed.
Where to get help
Visit the Asbestos in Victoria website to find out who to contact for asbestos information and advice.