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Banned Products


Materials & Products Banned From Being Exhibited

All exhibitors will need to confirm that they are not exhibiting any materials or products that are banned from being displayed at Sydney Build Expo.

This list can be updated based on new legislation and industry standards. Last update 22nd December 2023.

Why are we doing this? 

There are certain construction materials and products that are not allowed to be exhibited at Sydney Build Expo.

We have decided to implement this policy ahead of the upcoming nationwide ban on engineered stone. We are wanting to ensure that low quality, dangerous or illegal products are not displayed at the event.

If any exhibitor brings any of these products for display then they will be removed and/or the exhibitor will not be allowed to take part in the event.

We will be checking all exhibitors products in advance of the event to help check that no one is in breach of these conditions.

Should you have any questions regarding this policy, or, wish to make suggestions to add to this list please contact us at: marketing  [at]


What products and materials are banned?

The following products/materials are banned:

1. Any hazardous chemicals, materials or gases. 

2. Engineered Stone  

Engineered stone is defined as an artificial product that:

  • contains crystalline silica
  • is created by combining natural stone materials with other chemical constituents such as water, resins, or pigments
  • undergoes a process to become hardened.

The ban does not apply to other silica related materials such as:

  • concrete and cement products
  • bricks, pavers and other similar blocks
  • porcelain products
  • ceramic wall and floor tiles
  • roof tiles
  • grout, mortar and render
  • plasterboard.

3. Asbestos

Asbestos means the asbestiform varieties of mineral silicates belonging to the serpentine or amphibole groups of rock forming minerals including the following:

  • actinolite asbestos

  • grunerite (or amosite) asbestos (brown)

  • anthophyllite asbestos

  • chrysotile asbestos (white)

  • crocidolite asbestos (blue)

  • tremolite asbestos

  • a mixture that contains one or more of the minerals referred to above.

4. Any products or materials that do not conform to building standards and regulations in Australia

5. Banned products outlined by Fair Trading NSW

Who is responsible?

Everyone in the supply chain has a responsibility to be involved and make sure the right products and materials are used in the right way. Your place in the supply chain can also mean you have specific obligations or duties to check and assure that the right products and materials are used, and are used correctly. Depending on your place in the supply chain you can face specific risks and liabilities if products and materials are non-complying or non-conforming.


Manufacturers need to be aware of the requirements of compliance and should be able to demonstrate that their goods comply with the NCC, standards and local laws. This can involve product and material testing, assurance and certification. Manufacturer statements should also clearly specify how a product should or should not be used. They should also be able to supply the necessary compliance and conformance information, including any limitations, for each product and material.

Importers, wholesalers, distributors and retailers

Importers, wholesalers, distributors and retailers must make sure that the products or materials being supplied do not breach trade or consumer laws or industry-specific requirements for safety or performance.

They should also be able to supply the conformance information including any limitations for each product and material. Some products or materials (such as consumer gas and electrical products) have specific requirements to demonstrate safety and suitability before they can be sold and may require independent testing and certification before being supplied.