Defence commenced a detailed environmental investigation to better understand the nature and extent of PFAS on and around RAAF Base Richmond in May 2017. The investigation is expected to take around 12 months to complete.
In 2016, Defence completed a Preliminary Sampling Program at 12 Defence sites including RAAF Base Richmond. Based on the outcome of this program it was determined that the base will undergo a detailed environmental investigation.
The PFAS environmental investigations are conducted in accordance with the National Environmental Protection (Assessment of Site Contamination) Measure 1999 (NEPM). Visit the Investigation Process page to view a summary of this process.
The most recent community information session was conducted on 7 September 2017.
Defence is working continuously towards the effective monitoring and management of PFAS contamination and continues to engage with industry experts both nationally and internationally to identify the best management options for PFAS throughout Australia. More information on the current activities being undertaken by Defence can be found at the Management Activities page.
Community consultation events are recorded here. Upcoming events appear first.
On 7 September 2017, Defence held a community walk-in session to provide local residents and business owners with an opportunity to discuss the detailed environmental investigation into per- and poly- fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) on and in the vicinity of RAAF Base Richmond. Community members were also given the opportunity to fill out a water use survey. To read more about this event, please download the factsheet.
On 10 March 2017, Defence held a community walk-in session to announce that the Environmental Investigation was soon to commence into per- and poly- fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) at RAAF Base Richmond. To read more about this event, please download the presentation.
On 12 December 2016 Defence held a community walk-in session in Richmond to discuss the investigation into per- and poly- fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) at RAAF Base Richmond. To read more about this event, please download the presentation.