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Approximately one third of all homes in Australia contain asbestos products.

If a house was built before 1990, it is likely that it would have some asbestos-containing materials. Ensure you read more information on where you could find asbestos to give you a better understanding of the most common areas of where asbestos could be found in residential properties.

As a property manager, you should be aware if the house you are responsible for contains asbestos so that you can take the right precautions to protect yourself and your tenants/ potential buyers.

It is highly recommended that all property managers or homeowners get an asbestos survey of their property to identify if asbestos is present and if it needs to be managed or removed. Read more about getting an asbestos inspection and what to expect from the process.

If you hire any tradespeople to carry out work on the property, you should always provide them with a copy of the asbestos survey report before the work begins.

If you know the property contains asbestos and you want to get it removed professionally, you should hire a licensed asbestos removalist.

Useful resources

Work health and safety regulator in your state or territory - to find a licensed asbestos assessor or licensed asbestos removalist in your state or territory.

Safe Work Australia’s model Code of Practice - how to manage and control asbestos in the workplace, for practical guidance on how to manage risks associated with asbestos, and asbestos-containing materials.