Inquiry into PFAS remediation in and around Defence bases

March 2022

© Commonwealth of Australia 2022
ISBN: 978-1-76092-372-3

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Chair's Foreword

Members of the JSCFADT

Members of the PFAS Sub-Committee


Terms of Reference


List of Recommendations

1. Introduction

  Previous interim reports
  Conduct of the inquiry
  Report structure
  Concluding comment

2. Individuals affected by PFAS contamination

  Reflections on the progress in remediation efforts
  Relocation and financial difficulties arising from PFAS contaminated land
  Reflections on community engagement by government agencies
  Reflections on PFAS safety standards
  Calls to discontinue the use of PFAS
  Concluding comment

3. Department of Defence

  Role of the Department of Defence
  Shifting from investigation to remediation planning
  Migration of PFAS from Defence bases
  Testing emerging technologies for remediation
  Engagement with the community
  Concluding comment

4. DAWE (PFAS Taskforce)

  Role of the PFAS Taskforce
  Current structure of the PFAS Taskforce
  PFAS National Environmental Management Plan (NEMP)
  Progress on international ratification
  Collaboration with states and territories
  Collaboration across the Commonwealth (Federal) Government
  Management of the website
  Concluding comment

5. Airservices Australia and DITRDC

  Role of the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications (DITRDC)
  Role of Airservices Australia
  Adoption of a PFAS-free foam product by Airservices Australia
  Investigations undertaken by Airservices Australia
  Remediation efforts
  Investigations at federally-leased civilian airports
  Challenges specific to commercial airports
  Collaboration with the Department of Defence
  Blood serum study of current and former Airservices Australia staff
  Concluding comment

6. Department of Health and FSANZ

  Role of Department of Health
  Role of Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ)
  Support for medical research by the Australian Government
  Community engagement by the Department of Health
  Dedicated mental health support services
  Health based guidance values for PFAS
  Trigger points for contaminated site investigation
  Low levels of PFAS in the general Australian food supply
  Concluding comment

7. Collaboration with state and territory governments

  Site investigations and assessments by the NT EPA
  Concluding comment

8. Contractors delivering remediation technologies

  Work of Ventia Utility Services
  Work of Emerging Compounds Treatment Technologies
  Work of Synergy Resource Management
  Reflections on the
  Reflections on health-based guidance values for PFAS
  Need for more research into PFAS remediation
  Concluding comment

9. Research on PFAS

  Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)
  Cooperative Research Centre for Contamination Assessment and Remediation of the Environment (CRC CARE)
  ANU PFAS Health Study
  Macquarie University
  University of Queensland
  Concluding comment

Additional comments from the Australian Greens

A. Submissions and Exhibits


B. Public Hearings

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