Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors to support Australia’s only National Asbestos Awareness Month Campaign throughout November

Each week 13 Australians die of asbestos-related diseases, 12 from malignant mesothelioma. Another 13 are diagnosed with this hideous disease. Tragically, this number is predicted to rise in coming years due to homeowners, renovators and tradies disturbing asbestos and releasing fibres that can be inhaled by adults and kids during home renovations. 

Although there’s no known safe level of exposure to asbestos fibres, what we do know is that the greater the exposure, the greater the risk of developing asbestos-related diseases. Understanding the dangers of asbestos and knowing how to manage it safely can help save lives.

Why Participate?

One of our greatest challenges is that most Aussies wrongly believe that deaths caused from asbestos are a thing of the past, but they couldn’t be more wrong! Deadly asbestos lies hidden in one third of Aussie homes. It can be in any brick, weatherboard, fibro or clad home built or renovated before 1987. It was used everywhere - lurking under floor coverings including carpets, linoleum and vinyl tiles, behind wall and floor tiles, in cement floors, internal and external walls, ceilings and ceiling space (insulation), eaves, garages, roofs, around hot water pipes, fences, home extensions, garages, outdoor toilets, backyard and farm structures, chook sheds and even dog kennels.

Registration is FREE and Easy!

Visit or select Asbestos Awareness Month
from the navigation bar at, then select Register or Participate.


By registering your participation at, organisations and individuals can actively engage with their community and stakeholders to promote awareness of asbestos in and around homes, as well as the dangers to homeowners, renovators, tradies and handymen when asbestos is disturbed. Importantly, participation can also aid in preventing the illegal dumping of asbestos in communities.