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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) is now complete and the report is available on the publications page. The DSI involved sampling on-base and in the surrounding region.

Human Health and Ecological Risk Assessments
Defence is now conducting a Human Health Risk Assessment (HHRA) and Ecological Risk Assessment (ERA) to evaluate potential exposure pathways to people, plants and animals. The HHRA and ERA 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.

Fish Consumption Precautionary Advice

On 8 March 2019, expanded precautionary fish advice was issued based on further sampling outside of the Investigation Area. The advice not to consume fish caught in the Bremer River and Warrill Creek near RAAF Base Amberley was expanded to apply downstream to the Cribb Park area. Further information is available in the Defence media release here.