The Department of Defence is testing for PFAS in land and water on and near its bases across Australia. EPA takes environmental investigations very seriously. We are committed to supporting the Department of Defence with its obligations in accordance the Environment Protection Act 2017.
Sites that Department of Defence are investigating
The Department of Defence is investigating the following sites:
Royal Australian Air Force Base, East Sale
- RAAF Base East Sale – PFAS investigation and management
- The Detailed Site Investigation Report (2017), the Human Health Risk and Ecological Risk Assessment Report (2018) and PFAS Management Area Plan (2018) are available on the East Sale page.
- EPA has produced the Fact sheet: Consumption advice for recreationally harvested waterfowl (publication 1732) for recreational duck hunters in the East Gippsland Area.
HMAS Cerberus, Royal Australian Navy, Mornington Peninsula
- HMAS Cerberus environmental investigation
- The Detailed site investigation report (2018) and PFAS management area plan (2018) are available on the Cerberus page
Gaza Ridge Barracks, Australian Army
- Bandiana military area environmental investigation
- The Detailed Site Investigation Report (2018), the Human Health Risk and Ecological Risk Assessment Report (2020) and PFAS Management Area Plan (2020) are available on the Department of Defence Bandiana page.
- EPA has produced the Fact sheet: Consumption advice for recreationally caught fish (publication 1735) which includes precautionary advice to not eat carp caught in the Kiewa River between Bakers Lane and the Cudgewa-Wodonga Rail Trail, inclusive of the flood plain area bound by Bakers Lane and the Murray Valley Highway.
RAAF Williams (Laverton)
- RAAF Williams (Laverton) PFAS investigation and management
- The preliminary site investigation report is available in the RAAF Williams publications page.
Reviewed 18 July 2023