About the Taskforce

The Asbestos Response Taskforce (the Taskforce) was established on 25 June 2014 to coordinate one of the most challenging projects ever undertaken by the ACT Government - the Loose Fill Asbestos Insulation Eradication Scheme (the Scheme).

The magnitude and complexity of the Scheme, that has involved the acquisition and demolition of almost 1000 properties affected by loose fill asbestos insulation (Mr Fluffy) across the ACT, cannot be underestimated.

As a result of the work of the Taskforce, significant progress is being made to realise the ACT Government’s goal of eliminating Mr Fluffy from Canberra suburbs. Close working relationships have been developed between the Taskforce, industry and community organisations resulting in the implementation of a compassionate, safe, efficient and innovative program that is being delivered ahead of schedule and under budget.

The vast majority of affected houses have now been demolished. Remediated blocks are becoming increasingly available for purchase by former homeowners and the general public, with new homes appearing on Fluffy blocks helping to reinvigorate affected neighbourhoods.

The Taskforce recognises the impact its work has had on the lives of current and former homeowners, tenants and neighbours. Its focus on targeted communications, personalised advice and assistance, and individual case management will continue to be a top priority to ensure those impacted by the Mr Fluffy legacy can access any support they need.

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