This lists a range of information sources on many of the hazards and issues raised in the DIY Safe campaign. Annotations are provide to assist you to access the information you need. The list is not exhaustive.

Building, design and sustainability

Archicentre is the building advisory service of the Royal Australian Institute of Architects. It provides information and advice on the design of home renovations, a home inspection company and a leading authority on building construction. This site is an on-line resource centre for buying, building and renovating information.

Department of Planning and Infrastructure
The Department of Planning and Infrastructure drives, coordinates and streamlines land-use and transport planning, infrastructure development and natural resource management in New South Wales.

BASIX - Building Sustainability Index
BASIX is a web-based planning tool that measures the potential performance of new residential dwellings against sustainability indices. BASIX ensures each dwelling design meets the NSW Government's targets of 40% reduction in water consumption and 25% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, compared with the average home. The greenhouse target will increase to 40% from July 2006. Each development application for a residential dwelling must be submitted with a BASIX Certificate.

Commonwealth Department of Health & Ageing - enHealth - A Guide to Indoor Air Quality in the Home for Buyers, Builders and Renovators
This booklet provides householders, homeowners and renovators with balanced information and health advice about air pollutants that may be found inside the home.

Commonwealth Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities
The Australian Government Department of the Environment and Heritage (DEH) develops and implements national policy, programs and legislation to protect and conserve Australia's natural environment and cultural heritage. The web link provides specific information about air quality in the home, identifying potential hazards and providing research information and fact sheets.


NSW Office of Environment and Heritage
NSW Department of Environment & Conservation's Lead home page contains a number of resources on living and working with lead including a comprehensive guide for renovators, what lead does to your health, sources of lead in the environment and other lead safe material.

Commonwealth Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities
The Commonwealth Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities has a range of factsheets on lead, including lead in pottery, marine paints and stained glass:

The Lead Group Inc./ Lead Advisory Service
Aims to eliminate lead poisoning, protect the environment from lead and to strengthen networks of stakeholders to solve lead problems.

Hunter New England LHD - Lead Issues Including North Lake Macquarie


NSW Health - Asbestos and Health Risks Factsheet

Commonwealth Government Website on Asbestos-Related Diseases
Site provides information on the relationship between exposure to asbestos and cancer, including information on mesothelioma.

Safe Work Australia
Safe Work Australia is a national policy setting body whose key role is to improve work health and safety

Asbestos Diseases Foundation of Australia Inc. (ADFA)
ADFA addresses the needs and interests of men and women affected by an asbestos related disease. The Foundation aims to provide the wider community with information about the hazards of asbestos exposure.

Asbestos Diseases Society of Australia Inc.
This site provides information on asbestos, its risk and to initiate programs to reduce asbestos diseases in Australia.

Asbestos Information and Support Service (AISS)
AISS provides support and information to victims and their families and carers of asbestos related disease.

Workers Compensation Dust Diseases Authority 
This website explains the steps you will need to take to find out whether you have contracted a dust disease as a result of your employment as a deemed worker in New South Wales and whether you are entitled to compensation.

Home roof insulation information

Queensland Department of Health
Information from WorkSafe QLD about home roof insulation including synthetic mineral fibres.

Current as at: Friday 7 May 2021
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