Asbestos and building
This page has information about how to safely remove asbestos-containing materials.
For commercial and government buildings, asbestos should only be removed by a licensed asbestos removalist.
Removing asbestos yourself
You risk exposing yourself and others to asbestos fibres if asbestos is not removed appropriately. It is best to ask a licensed removalist to remove asbestos from your house.
In the Northern Territory, you can remove the following without a licence:
- less than 10 square metres of non-friable asbestos, or associated asbestos-contaminated dust or debris
- or minor contaminations of asbestos-contaminated dust or debris not associated with the removal of friable or non-friable asbestos.
To help identify and manage asbestos in your house, read Asbestos - a guide for householders and the general public on the Australian Government Department of Health website.
Use a licensed asbestos removalist to remove asbestos from a commercial or government building.
Read the codes of practice for working with asbestos on the NT WorkSafe website.
Only licensed asbestos removalists should remove asbestos.To find a licensed asbestos removalist go to the NT WorkSafe website.
Only licensed operators with an Environment Protection Licence can collect, transport and store asbestos.
To find a list of licence holders go to the NT Environment Protection Authority website.
For environmental guidelines on asbestos disposal in the Northern Territory go to the NT Environment Protection Authority website.
Asbestos removal documentary
The 3rd International Asbestos Conference was held in Adelaide from 13 to 16 November 2016.
The NT Government launched an asbestos removal documentary that was filmed in Yuendumu and dispelled the myths about asbestos.
Watch the documentary on YouTube.
Last updated: 28 July 2020
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