The latest update on the independent investigation into loose-fill
asbestos initiated by the Heads of Asbestos Coordination Authorities (HACA) in
New South Wales indicates considerable progress with more premises registering
for the free sampling service.
HACA has engaged PriceWaterhouseCooper to conduct an independent
investigation into loose-fill asbestos in New South Wales, with free ceiling
insulation testing being provided to ascertain the full extent of the problem across
HACA is comprised of NSW government agencies that have a role in the
management, monitoring and response to asbestos issues and is chaired by
As of 13 November 2014, 724 premises in the 26 council areas have
registered for the free sampling service. These LGAs have been identified
through the analysis of archival government records. A breakdown of sampling
requests by LGA is available on the WorkCover NSW website.
Licensed asbestos assessors are currently undertaking inspection and
testing of the properties. As of 13 November 2014, 114 properties have been
tested, and all samples have returned a negative result.
Concerned residents in homes built before 1980 can contact WorkCover on
13 10 50 to see if they are eligible to have their property tested and assessed
for presence of asbestos. A licensed asbestos assessor can be consulted to
check whether living spaces are well sealed and asbestos hazards are
appropriately controlled. A list of licensed asbestos assessors is online on
the WorkCover website.
Free ceiling insulation tests are being provided for homeowners across
26 local government areas to identify all loose-fill asbestos in residential
premises. Free independent technical assessments are being offered to affected
homeowners regarding the adequacy of risk controls in each of the identified
homes for a 12-month period.
Interim findings from the assessments will be used to inform the NSW
Government on any immediate actions that need to be taken to address the
problem. HACA is working quickly to develop a prudent, evidence-based solution
to assist those with loose-fill asbestos in their homes.
The NSW Government will consider the findings of the independent
investigation and possible measures to assist affected householders. The Chief
Health Officer has considered the ACT Taskforce Report and confirmed the need
to wait for the results of the current NSW investigation.
A breakdown of testing results by local government areas is provided on
the WorkCover NSW website.