Building or renovating
It is not possible to tell whether a material contains asbestos simply by looking at it. Close examination of a sample using specialised microscopic procedures is the only way to tell whether a material contains asbestos. It is best for this to be done at an accredited laboratory. You can also seek advice from a qualified asbestos consultant. You can find a qualified Occupational Hygienist through the Australian Institute of Occupational Hygienists.
The National Association of Testing Authorities (NATA) can provide details of an accredited laboratory in your area where asbestos can be identified accurately.
Use the Find and Identify Asbestos Tool to find out more about how to find asbestos in your home and the Working Safely with Asbestos Tool to find out more about how to manage and remove asbestos from your home.