Cause of action
This is a class action (the Class Action) against the Department of Defence (Defence) in connection with land contamination arising from Defence’s use of aqueous film forming foam at the Williamtown RAAF Base in NSW (the Contamination). It will be alleged that Defence allowed the Contamination to escape from its land causing damage to property owners and businesses for which Defence should be liable to pay compensation.
Current stage of case
On 2 November 2016, proceedings were filed in the Federal Court in Sydney. The Court has ordered a mediation is to be concluded by 31 December 2018 and a trial date has been set for 12 August 2019.