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PFAS Investigation &
Management Program

RAAF Base Edinburgh

Edinburgh Investigation Summary

Defence commenced a detailed environmental investigation to better understand the nature and extent of PFAS on and around RAAF Base Edinburgh in November 2016.

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, at RAAF Base Edinburgh in May 2017. 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. Defence has commenced the second stage, the Detailed Site Investigation (DSI), which includes:

  • sampling in soil, groundwater, surface water and drainage lines,
  • investigating and modelling how PFAS moves through the environment, and
  • preparing the DSI report.
The most recent community information session was conducted on 23 March 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


Next Community Walk-in Session

The Department of Defence is holding Community Walk-in Sessions to provide local residents and business owners with an opportunity to discuss the progress of the detailed environmental investigation.

The Sessions will include a presentation on the progress of the DSI and discuss the next steps in the investigation. The community will also be provided with the opportunity to ask questions one-on-one about the investigation with Defence, contracted experts and other key government department representatives in attendance.

\ Light refreshments will be provided an children are welcome.

Date Wednesday 1 November 2017
Session 1 2 - 4pm
(presentation 2.15pm)
Session 2 6 - 8pm
(presentation 6.15pm)
Venue St John’s Parish Auditorium
Church Street, Salisbury
RSVP Phone: 1800 957 770
MAR 23

Community Walk-in Session

On 23 March 2017, a Community Walk-in Session was held to provide an update on the detailed environmental investigation at RAAF Base Edinburgh.

2016 Consultations

NOV 01

Community Walk-in Session

On 1 November 2016, a Community Walk-in Session was held to was discuss the commencement of the detailed environmental investigation.