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PFAS Investigation &
Management Program

RAAF Base East Sale

East Sale Investigation Summary

Defence commenced a detailed environmental investigation to better understand the nature and extent of PFAS on and around RAAF Base East Sale in May 2016. The investigation is expected to be completed in late 2017.

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.

Defence completed the first stage of the investigation, the Preliminary Site Investigation (PSI), at RAAF Base East Sale in September 2016. The PSI included engagement with local community and key government stakeholders, reviewing site history for AFFF use and identifying PFAS sources, as well as preliminary sampling of bores near the base. In September 2016, Defence commenced the second stage, the Detailed Site Investigation (DSI), that includes:

  • sampling in soil, groundwater, surface water and drainage lines,
  • investigating and modelling how PFAS moves through the environment, and
  • preparing the DSI report.
Results from the initial sampling conducted for the DSI, confirmed that a Human Health Risk Assessment (HHERA) is required. A HHERA is being conducted to provide a better understanding of risks posed to people and the environment.

The most recent community information session was conducted on 8 June 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

Community consultation events are recorded here. Upcoming events appear first.

2017 Consultations

2016 Consultations

OCT 11

Community Walk-in Session & Release of PSI Report

On 11 October 2016, a Community Walk-in Session was held to discuss the progress of the Environmental Investigation and release of the Preliminary Site Investigation Report for RAAF Base East Sale.

MAY 16

Community Walk-in Session

On 16 May 2016, a Community Walk-in Session was held to announcing the commencement of an Environmental Investigation into PFAS on or in the vacinity of RAAF Base East Sale.