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PFAS Investigation &
Management Program

RAAF Base Amberley

RAAF Base Amberley PFAS Investigation

Summary of the Investigation

In March 2017, Defence commenced a detailed environmental investigation into the presence of per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) on and in the vicinity of RAAF Base Amberley.

The objective of this environmental investigation is to identify the nature and extent of PFAS in the environment from the use of legacy firefighting foam at the Base.

There are three main stages to the investigation:

Preliminary Site Investigation
The first stage of the investigation, the Preliminary Site Investigation (PSI), has been completed.

Detailed Site Investigation
The Detailed Site Investigation (DSI) has commenced and will involve sampling on-base and in the surrounding region. A detailed report will be prepared and shared with relevant government and regulatory bodies as well as the community. The DSI is expected to be complete in the third quarter of 2018.

Human Health and Ecological Risk Assessment
The DSI findings will be used to inform the requirement to conduct a Human Health and Ecological Risk Assessments (HHERA). If required, the HHERA will evaluate potential exposure pathways to people, plants and animals and will be used to inform actions to reduce PFAS exposure, if required.
Further information on the investigation process can be found at the investigation process page.

The findings from the investigations will be used to identify and prioritise site specific management actions to address PFAS contamination.

Defence is committed to regularly updating the community throughout the investigation. As well as community engagement events, updates are provided through the project website, newsletters and factsheets as new information becomes available.

Community Notice

On 15 June 2018, as a precautionary measure, the Queensland Department of Health recommended that people should not consume fish caught in the Bremer River and Warrill Creek near RAAF Base Amberley, until further testing takes place. This advice was released following sampling undertaken by Defence.

On 22 August 2018, the Queensland Government released further precautionary advice against consuming fish caught in Bundamba Creek and Oakey Creek. This advice was released as a precaution after preliminary water samples were found to contain PFAS. This sampling was not related to Defence’s environmental investigation and was undertaken outside of the Defence Investigation Area. The Queensland Department of Environment and Science has established an investigation zone to determine the level of PFAS and identify the sources of contamination.

Further information is available on the Queensland Government website.