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PFAS Investigation &
Management Program

HMAS Stirling

Stirling Investigation Summary

Defence commenced a detailed environmental investigation to better understand the nature and extent of PFAS on and around HMAS Stirling (Garden Island) in May 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 HMAS Stirling (Garden Island). 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 19 July 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

JUL 19

Community Walk-in Session

On 19 July 2017 Defence held a community walk-in session to discuss the investigation into per- and poly- fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) at HMAS Stirling. Community members were invited to discuss the results of the Preliminary Site Investigation and the upcoming Detailed Site Investigaiton. To find out more, please download the factsheet.

APR 20

Community Walk-in Session

On 20 April 2017 Defence held a community walk-in session to discuss the investigation into per- and poly- fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) at HMAS Stirling. To read more about this event, please download the presentation.

2016 Consultations

DEC 08

Community Walk-in Session

On 8 December 2016 Defence held a community walk-in session to discuss the investigation into per- and poly- fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) at HMAS Stirling. To read more about this event, please download the presentation.