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PFAS Investigation &
Management Program

RAAF Base Darwin

Darwin Investigation Summary

Defence commenced a detailed environmental investigation to better understand the nature and extent of PFAS on and around RAAF Base Darwin in March 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 Darwin. 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 27 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

DEC 6-7

Next Community Walk-in Session and Community Stand

The Department of Defence is holding a Community Walk-in Session at Charles Darwin University and opening a Community Stand at Casuarina Square to provide information on the environmental investigation into per- and poly- fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) at RAAF Base Darwin and nearby areas.

The Community Walk-in Session will include a presentation on information gathered during the Detailed Site Investigation (DSI). There will also be an opportunity for the community to ask questions one-on-one about the environmental investigation with Defence, contracted experts and other government agencies.

The Community Stand will provide an opportunity to find out more about the investigation in an informal setting. Representatives from Defence and other government agencies will be available at the Stand to answer questions.

Light refreshments will be provided and all are welcome.

Community Walk-in Session
Date Wednesday 6 December 2017
Time 5.00pm to 7.00pm
Presentation starts at 5.15pm
Venue Charles Darwin University
Room Blue 2A
University Drive East (off Dripstone Road)
Community Stand
Date Thursday 7 December 2017
Time 9.00am to 5.30pm (visit any time)
Venue Casuarina Square
Stall located near Amcal Chemist
247 Trower Road

For further information download the presentation given at the community walk-in session held on the 6th of December:

JUN 27

Community Walk-in Session

On 27 June 2017 , Defence held a Community Walk-in Session in Darwin outlining the results of the Preliminary Site Investigation at RAAF Base Darwin. For further information download the presentation below.

MAR 22

Commence Detailed Environmental Investigation

On 22 March 2017, A Community Walk-in Session was held to announce the commencement of the Detailed Environmental Investigation at RAAF Base Darwin, and to introduce the Lead Consultation engaged to conduct the investigation.

2016 Consultations

NOV 24

Preliminary Sampling Program Report

On 24 November 2016, a Community Walk-in Session was held to announcing the outcomes of the Preliminary Sampling Program conducted at RAAF Base Darwin