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Defence has commenced a national program to review its estate and investigate and implement a comprehensive approach to manage the impacts of per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) on, and in the vicinity of, some of its bases around Australia.
PFAS are a class of manufactured chemicals that have been used since the 1950s to make products that resist heat, stains, grease and water. Previously PFAS were known as "perfluorinated chemicals" (PFCs). However, as the term PFCs is more commonly used to mean perfluorocarbons, which are greenhouse gases, and consistent with broader industry, Defence now uses the term PFAS.
Detailed environmental investigations are undertaken by experienced environmental services providers and are conducted in accordance with the Australian National Environment Protection (Assessment of Site Contamination) Measure (NEPM). This is the national guidance framework for the assessment of site contamination in Australia.
Support information, Frequently Asked Questions and other relevant information can be located on each of the specific Investigation sites listed below.