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PFAS Investigation &
Management Program

RAAF Base Tindal

Tindal Investigation Summary

Defence commenced an investigation into the nature and extent of PFAS on and around RAAF Base Tindal in March 2017.

In 2016, Defence completed a Preliminary Sampling Program at 12 Defence sites including RAAF Base Tindal. 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 from 4 to 6 December 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 Timeline

Past community consultation events are recorded here, the most recent events appear first.

DEC 4-6

Community Walk-in Session and Shopfront

On the 4th of December Defence held a community walk-in session at Katherine to present information gathered during the Detailed Site Investigation and the findings of the Interim Human Health Risk Assessment.

The community walk-in session was followed by a community shopfront from that was held from the 5th to the 6th of December. Community members were invited to attend the community shopfront to talk about the investigation with representatives from Defence, the investigation team and other Government Agencies.

Further information is available in the following factsheets and presentation:

OCT 10-12

Community Shopfront

The Department of Defence held a Community Shopfront at Katherine Oasis (Woolworths complex) from Tuesday 10 October until Thursday 12 October 2017.

The Community Shopfront provided Katherine residents with an opportunity to find out more information about the investigation in an informal setting. Representatives from Defence and other government agencies were available at the Shopfront to answer questions.

JUN 29

Community Walk-in Session - 29 June 2017

On 29 June 2017, Defence held a Community Walk-in Session in Katherine outlining the results of the Preliminary Site Investigation at RAAF Base Tindal. For further information download the presentation below.

APR 12

Community Walk-in Session - 12 April 2017

On 12 April 2017 Defence held a Community Information session in Katherine. The session provided a broad overview of PFAS substances and an update on the environmental investigation on and in the vicinity of RAAF Base Tindal. For further information download the presentation below.

MAR 22

Community Update Notice

On 22 March 2017 Defence released a notice to the community. The notice explains that preliminary tests identified the presence of PFAS around RAAF Base Tindal. The notice also provides a brief overview of the detailed environmental investigation.

2016 Consultations

NOV 23

Community Walk-in Session - 23 November 2016

On 23 November 2016 Defence held a Community Information session in Katherine. The session provided a broad overview of PFAS substances and outlined ther results of the Preliminary Sampling Program key findings. For further information download the presentation below.