Australian Manufacturing Workers' Union


Asbestos free future

Asbestos free future

Get involved to ban all types of asbestos around the world. 

The AMWU has been at the forefront of campaigning against Asbestos use in Australia. We continue the fight today, and continue to campaign to hold James Hardie to account for the suffering they have inflicted on countless Australian families.

Sign the petition below to add your voice against the scourge of asbestos, and to stay in touch with the Asbestos Campaign in Australia.

All forms of asbestos have been banned in Australia since 2003, but Australians are still at risk of contracting mesothelioma (a form of lung cancer) and asbestos-related diseases. Use of asbestos continues internationally, particularly in the developing world. 

Many homes and public buildings in Australia still contain asbestos, and there are still high risks of exposure. There is currently no cure for mesothelioma or other asbestos-related conditions.

Approximately one third of all homes built in Australia contain asbestos products.

Any Australian can be exposed to asbestos, in a variety of ways:

  • Through renovations on older homes, including sheds, fences and other outdoor structures (pre-1990s homes);
  • Uncontrolled exposure during natural disaster, including fire and flood;
  • At worksites - both public and private spaces;
  • Contact with asbestos fibres from someone else who has been exposed.

Our union campaigns both in Australia and internationally to stop the use of asbestos. There is no safe usage, and the risk will remain while it is still an accepted building material.

Do you have questions about asbestos exposure or asbestos in your home?

You can contact the Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency:

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