Report - Part B

Firefighting foam contamination

Part B – Army Aviation Centre Oakey and other Commonwealth, state and territory sites

4 May 2016

© Commonwealth of Australia 2016
ISBN 978-1-76010-432-0

View the report as a single document - (PDF 5752KB)

View the report as separate downloadable parts:

Committee Membership (PDF 24KB)
Abbreviations (PDF 9KB)
Recommendations (PDF 31KB)
Chapter 1 - Introduction (PDF 32KB)

Referral of inquiry and terms of reference
Conduct of the inquiry
Part A: RAAF Base Williamtown
Part B: other Commonwealth, state and territory sites
Note on references

Chapter 2 - Army Aviation Centre Oakey and RAAF Base Williamtown revisited (PDF 157KB)

Use of firefighting foams at Army Aviation Centre Oakey
Impact of contamination on the Oakey community
Defence engagement with the community and Toowoomba Regional Council
Committee view and recommendations
RAAF Base Williamtown revisited
Correcting the record

Chapter 3 - Other Commonwealth, state and territory sites (PDF 161KB)

The effects of PFOS/PFOA: update
Contaminated sites
Response of authorities
Regulatory frameworks and coordination between Commonwealth and state governments
Committee view

Chapter 4 - Conclusion: moving forward (PDF 29KB)
Dissenting report of Coalition senators (PDF 26KB)
Additional Comments from the Australian Greens (PDF 36KB)

Perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) and perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) contamination
Contamination recommendations
Stockholm Convention
Time for remediation
Impacted sites
Gold Coast Airport
Great Barrier Reef
Extent of contamination

Appendix 1 - Submissions (PDF 14KB)
Appendix 2 - Tabled documents, answers to questions on notice and additional information (PDF 11KB)

Tabled documents
Answers to questions on notice
Additional information

Appendix 3 - Public hearings and witnesses (PDF 18KB)

Thursday 3 December 2015
Tuesday 22 December 2015
Wednesday, 9 March 2016
Thursday, 7 April 2016

Appendix 4 - Part A List of Recommendations (PDF 111KB)
Appendix 5 - Oakey PFOA and PFOS Detection Area and Investigation Area Maps (PDF 6KB)
Appendix 6 - Government response to Part A (PDF 1325KB)
Appendix 7 - Current and historical sites where ARFF services were provided and foams used at each site (PDF 3690KB)

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