Report - Part A

Inquiry into firefighting foam contamination

Part A - RAAF Base Williamtown

4 February 2016

© Commonwealth of Australia 2016
ISBN 978-1-76010-365-1

View the report as a single document - (PDF 1170KB)

View the report as separate downloadable parts:

Committee Membership (PDF 24KB)
Abbreviations (PDF 9KB)
Williamtown investigation area (PDF 309KB)
Recommendations (PDF 33KB)
Chapter 1 - Introduction (PDF 28KB)

Referral of inquiry and terms of reference
Conduct of the inquiry
Structure of the report
Note on references

Chapter 2 - Background (PDF 206KB)

Summarised timeline of events

Chapter 3 - Impacts on the affected community (PDF 196KB)

Precautionary measures
Health issues
Mental health issues
Property value and investments
Water access and use
Primary industries and other businesses

Chapter 4 - Fishing industry and financial assistance (PDF 56KB)

Fishing closures
Fishing industry impacts
Financial assistance

Chapter 5 - Government response (PDF 244KB)

Community notification
Community engagement
Environmental regulation issues
Remediation and management of contaminated areas
Compensation issues

Chapter 6 - Committee view and recommendations (PDF 62KB)

Community notification
An urgent response to immediate need
Providing certainty
Remediation and management
Voluntary blood testing
Environmental regulation of contamination

Dissenting report of Coalition senators (PDF 12KB)
Australian Greens additional comments (PDF 17KB)
Appendix 1 - Submissions (PDF 9KB)
Appendix 2 - Tabled documents, answers to questions on notice and additional information (PDF 10KB)

Tabled documents
Additional information
Answers to questions on notice

Appendix 3 - Public hearings and witnesses (PDF 13KB)

Thursday 3 December 2015
Tuesday 22 December 2015

Committee Secretariat contact:

Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee
Department of the Senate
PO Box 6100
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

Phone: +61 2 6277 3535
Fax: +61 2 6277 5818