Asbestos Awareness

While the manufacture, use and re-use of asbestos has been banned in Australia since 2003, it’s not a problem of the past – its legacy continues to haunt us. Around one in three Australian homes contain asbestos. Those planning DIY activities at home need to ask ‘Am I playing renovation roulette?’ and find out if asbestos may be present before cutting, sanding, drilling or dismantling.

Asbestos Awareness Month – November 2017

With Australia having one of the highest rates of asbestos-related diseases in the world, this year's awareness month is themed Renovating? Go Slow! Asbestos it’s a No Go!”. Full details of the campaign can be viewed here.

Resources for Councils

To make it easy for Council to participate, all campaign collateral is easily downloadable from the website including; posters, flyers, pre-prepared media release templates, multilingual posters and flyers, photographs of asbestos products commonly found in homes, copy and graphics for print and online use, and the Asbestos Awareness website logo which can be utilised in all Council collateral to promote awareness.

For access to all Council collateral including media release templates you will need to register your participation. All registered councils will be eligible to submit an award entry.

How to participate

Register your council by visiting the Asbestos Awareness Month page.

Council activities

Councils are encouraged to invite their employees and communities to events during Asbestos Awareness Month and host their own events to raise awareness about asbestos.

Actions councils can undertake include:

  • Host a Blue Lamington Drive
  • Holding information sessions for staff and communities
  • Mentioning asbestos awareness in the Mayoral column
  • Including the Asbestos Awareness Month email signature in emails
  • Printing and displaying posters and brochures

Promoting Asbestos Awareness Month on blogs, Facebook and Twitter and council websites.

Past Council participation

In 2016, 100% of the 563 councils across Australia officially registered their participation in Asbestos Awareness Month, the highest number of council participants since the campaign launched in 2012. In 2017, we hope all councils throughout Australia will continue to participate in this important initiative.