Terms of Reference


The Committee shall inquire into the Commonwealth Government’s management of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) contamination in and around Defence bases, with particular reference to:

a)  the extent of contamination in and around Defence bases, including water, soil, other natural assets and built structures;

b)  the response of, and coordination between, agencies of the Commonwealth Government, including, but not limited to, the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, the Department of Health, the Department of the Environment and Energy, the Department of Defence and the Australian Defence Force;

c)  communication and coordination with state and territory governments, local councils, affected local communities and businesses, and other interested stakeholders;

d)  the adequacy of health advice and testing of current and former defence and civilian personnel and members of the public exposed in and around Defence bases identified as potentially affected by contamination;

e)  the adequacy of Commonwealth and state and territory government environmental and human health standards and legislation, and any other relevant legislation;

f)  remediation works at the bases; and

g)  what consideration has been given to understanding and addressing any financial impact to affected businesses and individuals.


Committee Secretariat contact:

Committee Secretary
Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade
PO Box 6021
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

Phone: +61 2 6277 2313

About this inquiry

The Committee shall inquire into the management of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS)

Past Public Hearings

14 Sep 2018: Canberra ACT
17 Aug 2018: Oakey
24 Jul 2018: Williamtown


Inquiry Status

Submissions Closed


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