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Defence Infrastructure Division

Defence 3 Year Regional Contamination Investigation Program (RCIP)


The Defence 3 Year Regional Contamination Investigation Program (RCIP) commenced in 2017 to conduct projects on the Defence estate that will define and reduce contamination risks to human health and the environment and enhance Defence capability.

Through this program, Defence aims to:

  • Validate and update contaminated land data and risk definition held by Defence for contaminated sites to support capability and to better inform future developments, management (including monitoring) and property divestment;
  • Ensure clear, prioritised contamination investigation programming that assists Defence to address high priority contamination risks across the estate and to demonstrate due diligence;
  • Implement National Environment Protection (Assessment of Site Contamination) Measure 1999 (as amended 2013) compliant investigations to support risk reduction; and
  • Provide a basis for delivery of a rolling program that will continue to define priority contamination projects for future delivery for the 2020-2023 RCIP and beyond.

The RCIP is a separate program to the PFAS Investigation and Management Program (PFASIM). The RCIP is primarily targeted at investigating non-PFAS environmental contaminants of concern, although the RCIP works closely with PFASIM where investigation activities overlap.

Defence engaged two Defence Environmental and Heritage Panel members in 2017 as Lead Consultants to develop and implement the 2017-2020 RCIP. During the 2017-2020 RCIP, projects are scheduled to be delivered across the Defence estate.