Asbestos removal Melbourne – Asbestos is a word that can strike fear into a potential buyer. The presence of this hazardous material in your property can potentially derail the property transaction. Moreover, if your buyer finds out that you were aware of the presence of fibrous material but failed to inform them, they could hold you liable for a misleading omission and seek the cost of having the materials removed, as well as any other related expenses.
Asbestos is a naturally occurring material in the environment and is
a collective name used to refer to various fibrous silicate
compounds. The use of it began almost 4000 years ago, but the
large-scale use of ACM only began in the late 19th century due to
the industrial revolution and trends towards modern buildings. For
many years, it was commonly used in residential and commercial
properties that were built or renovated before 1986 in Australia.
It was widely used because of its excellent mechanical properties
that make fibre appealing for many construction agencies. It is fire
and water-resistant, has a good tensile strength, as well as good
affordability. It can commonly be found in roofing, fencing, cement
sheeting, exterior and interior walls, paints, and insulations.
Interesting Facts About Asbestos
The model WHS Regulations set out the training and competency
requirements for asbestos assessors, asbestos removal workers and
Under the model WHS Regulations two licences have been
established— Class A and Class B.
Businesses with a Class A licence are permitted to remove all types
of asbestos, including both friable and non-friable asbestos.
Businesses with a Class B licence can only remove non-friable
Generally, the Victorian regulation permits an employer or self-
employed person to perform an elimination in Melbourne without a
• The material is non-friable
• The area of ACM to be removed does not exceed 10 square
meters in total
• But, only class-A licensed person can remove friable materials
• Friable asbestos is material
containing asbestos that
when dry, is in powder form or
may be crushed or pulverised
into powder form by hand
pressure. This material poses
a higher risk of exposing
people to airborne asbestos
• Non-friable asbestos is all forms
of asbestos other than friable
asbestos and includes asbestos
cement sheeting and other
materials where asbestos fibres
are bonded into a matrix. If non-
friable asbestos is damaged or
degraded it may become friable
and will then pose a higher risk of
When Can I Remove Asbestos?
Under the Occupational Health and Safety Regulations 2007, a self-
employed person can conduct a limited amount of asbestos removal
work without a licence if:
• The asbestos-containing material is non-friable; and
• The area of asbestos-containing material to be removed does not
exceed 10 square metres in total; and
• The total time asbestos removal work is performed in any period of
seven days does not exceed one hour (this period is the cumulative
total time the asbestos removal work is carried out by all employees
over a period of seven days).