Before 1970, paints containing high levels of lead were used in many Australian houses. Exposure to lead is a health hazard.
If you are proposing to paint your house or do maintenance that could disturb paint containing lead you need to take suitable precautions to avoid exposing yourself and your family, neighbours or pets to its hazards.
For information on the dangers of lead in house paints, please refer to the Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities. (new window)