The Department of Defence has commenced a national program to review its estate and investigate and implement a comprehensive approach to manage the impacts of per- and polyfluorinated alkyl substances on and in the vicinity of some of its bases around Australia.
EPA takes environmental investigations very seriously and is committed to supporting the Department of Defence with its obligations in accordance with the Environment Protection Act 1970.
The Department of Defence is conducting detailed environmental reviews at the following sites:
Royal Australian Air Force Base, East Sale
- RAAF Base East Sale environmental investigation.
- The Preliminary Site Investigation Report, released in October 2016, the Detailed Site Investigation Report, released in June 2017 and the Interim Human Health and Ecological Risk Assessment, released December 2017, are available on the East Sale Publications Page.
- Following preliminary testing of PFAS levels of plants and animals undertaken by the Department of Defence, EPA issued Precautionary Health Advice on 28 September 2017 to avoid consumption of ducks, fish and eels from the Heart Morass. A fact sheet is also available. This advice has since been extended to include Dowd’s Morass.
HMAS Cerberus, Royal Australian Navy in Mornington Peninsula
Gaza Ridge Barracks, Australian Army, in Bandiana, Albury/Wodonga
Please refer to the PFAS Investigation and Management Program section of the Department of Defence website for information relating to the national review program commissioned by the Department.
For additional information or enquiries, please refer to the Contacts page on the Department of Defence website.