Australia Wide PFC Contaminated Sites
Register Your Interest
(other than Williamtown & Oakey)
IMF is currently investigating a number of PFOS / PFOA contamination incidents at various sites around Australia. To assist these investigations, we are conducting an information gathering exercise from people who have potentially been affected. This information will be used to evaluate whether in the future there may be viable legal claims for compensation.
If you believe you may have suffered loss or damage as a result of PFC contamination, and in particular if you live or work (or have in the past lived or worked) near one of the following Department of Defence sites, IMF invites you to provide your details through this website.
- Jervis Bay Range Facility, ACT;
- RAAF Base Richmond, NSW;
- Holsworthy Barracks, NSW;
- HMAS Albatross, NSW;
- RAAF Base Wagga, NSW;
- RAAF Base Darwin, NT;
- Robertson Barracks, NT;
- RAAF Base Townsville, QLD;
- RAAF Base Amberley, QLD;
- RAAF Base Edinburgh, SA;
- RAAF Base East Sale, VIC;
- Bandiana Military Area, VIC;
- HMAS Cerberus, VIC;
- HMAS Stirling, Fleet Base West, WA;
- RAAF Base Pearce, WA.
Perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) and perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) are chemicals used in fire-fighting foam which are classified as emerging contaminants. They are persistent in the environment and potentially damaging to human health.1
IMF is currently involved in funding two separate Class Actions against the Department of Defence (Defence) in connection with contamination arising from Defence’s use of fire-fighting foam containing PFOS and PFOA at:
- the Williamtown RAAF Base in NSW – a Class Action being run by Dentons lawyers in Sydney (click here for more details);
- the Army Aviation Centre in Oakey, QLD – a Class Action being run by Shine Lawyers in Brisbane and other offices (click here for more details).
In these Class Actions, local residents and business owners are seeking compensation for the financial losses they have suffered as a result of the contamination, in particular (i) reduction in property values and (ii) damage to business interests such as farming, fishing, tourism and retail amongst others.
The same fire-fighting foam has been used in many other military bases, civilian airports, and firefighting training grounds. The 16 sites listed above are all currently under environmental investigation for PFOS / PFOA contamination as part of the Department of Defence’s national PFAS Investigation and Management Program (click here for more details). The test results are due to be released at various stages over the next two years.
In the meantime, our own investigations are focussing on what impact any chemical contamination may have had on property values and business values, which in turn are impacted by the risks posed to human and animal health. Please click on the link and follow the instructions if you are willing to share information to assist these investigations.
Please note that submitting your information is not binding in any way and does not constitute acceptance into a class action. If you have any questions, you can contact the IMF Client Liaison Team in our Perth office by email on firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 1800 016 464.
1 Note: Class action proceedings in the USA against the manufacturers of PFOS and PFOA, E.I. DuPont De Nemours & Company (DuPont), have established a probable link between chemicals in this group and at least six diseases: kidney cancer, testicular cancer, thyroid disease, ulcerative colitis, pregnancy-induced hypertension and high cholesterol.