Strategy three: Identification

There is currently an absence of reliable data in relation to the precise location and condition of ACMs nation wide. Improving identification and sharing of existing information will enable the development of tools and evidence-based approaches to identify and grade the condition of ACMs in residential, government and commercial buildings, as well as asbestos contaminated land in Australia.


Improve the identification and grading of asbestos and sharing of information regarding the location of ACMs.


  • Review current practices with the aim of developing:
    • a model grading system for the condition of ACMs

    • a model framework for the stabilisation and containment of ACMs in poor condition

    • a model process to identify asbestos contaminated land.

  • Review building and infrastructure data to estimate likely presence of ACMs.
  • Pilot residential ACM identification tools and strategies with local government partners.
  • Support the 2003 ban on the importation of ACMs with improved coordinated efforts to identify and respond to the importation of ACMs.


  1. Evidence-based model for grading in-situ asbestos is developed.
  2. Improved stabilisation and containment practices for ACMs in poor condition.
  3. Improved identification and management of information regarding asbestos contaminated land.
  4. Estimated total presence of ACMs in the built environment is available.
  5. Improved practice in the residential sector to identify and minimise the risk of exposure, in particular for DIY home renovators.
  6. Effective coordinated response when ACMs in imported products are identified.