Workplace Relations Minister Bill Shorten gave his personal backing to the asbestos-alert strategy.
He said one in every three homes built between 1945 and the mid-80s contain asbestos, a mineral fibre that can cause the lethal lung cancer mesothelioma.
“If I was purchasing a home, I would want to know if it contained asbestos or not,” he told News Limited.
“Obviously I am conscious of the additional cost implications associated with mandating such measures.”
Mr Shorten said the government would work with state and territory governments, the Australian Institute of Architects’ Architecture service, and consumer group Choice.
His department’s Office of Asbestos Safety is seeking public comment on a proposal to require an “asbestos content report” from a licensed assessor before properties are sold, l…