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.

Dentons have filed the claim on a 'closed class basis'. This means that the class action is brought only on behalf of eligible property and business owners who entered into a litigation funding agreement with IMF prior to 30 September 2018.

Current Stage of Case

On 2 November 2016, proceedings were filed in the Federal Court in Sydney.

Please click here for an important notice from the Federal Court of Australia about the Williamtown Contamination Class Action.

If you would like further information about the Williamtown Class Action please contact IMF Bentham by email ([email protected]) or by telephone (1800 016 464).


Federal Court in Sydney
Gavin Smith & Ors
Commonwealth of Australia (Department of Defence)

Investment Manager

Oliver Gayner

Contact Details

IMF Client Liaison Team
1800 016 464
[email protected]