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PFAS Contamination Class Action

Shine Lawyers is pursuing justice for landowners across Australia whose land value has been impacted as a result of PFAS chemical contamination in their area.


What is the PFAS Contamination Class Action about?

The Class Action alleges that the Department of Defence negligently allowed toxic chemicals known as ‘PFAS’ to escape from defence bases, and contaminate local environments. These contaminants have negatively impacted properties, land values and the livelihoods of surrounding communities.

Shine Lawyers is seeking compensation for property owners for economic loss, including the diminution in value of their land.

How to register for the PFAS Contamination Class Action

To register for the PFAS Contamination Class Action, you have two options:

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Option 2

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Who is eligible for the PFAS Contamination Class Actions?

If your property is located in the locations listed, you are eligible for the PFAS Contamination Class Action, and encouraged to register.

If you have any questions or require assistance in registering for the class action, please contact our PFAS Contamination Class Action team on 1800 066 173.
$212.5 million settlement for Oakey, Katherine and Williamtown communities

On the 26th of February 2020, Shine Lawyers reached an in-principle agreement with the Department of Defence, successfully achieving justice for the Oakey and Katherine communities. The settlement will be divided amongst the impacted landowners, with the details of a distribution scheme to be approved by the court in the coming months. For more information on what this means for landholders in those communities, click through to the pages below:

Katherine PFAS Contamination Class Action Oakey PFAS Contamination Class Action

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Statement of Claim

Contact Us

If you have any questions or require any assistance in registering for the class action, please contact our PFAS Contamination Class Action team on 1800 066 173.

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Who is Shine Lawyers’ Class Action team?

Shine Lawyers’ Class Action team includes some of the firm’s most experienced solicitors and support staff. The team includes:

Common Questions

Per- and poly-fluoroalkyls (PFAS) are a class of harmful chemicals commonly found in products that reduce heat, stains, grease and water. They are common in many household products, such as carpets and non-stick cookware. PFAS are concerning because they do not naturally degrade. They are ingested by humans and animals, and accumulate in the body. A small amount of daily exposure can lead to high concentrations over time.

PFAS soil and groundwater contamination can lead to high levels of the chemical in drinking water, agricultural land, animals and residents.

The full effect on human health is not known.

This is a class action against the Commonwealth of Australia (Department of Defence) (Commonwealth). It is alleged that the Commonwealth negligently allowed contaminants within the fire-fighting foam, to escape from Defence Bases around Australia, causing damage to property owners and/or causing unlawful impacts.

If you register as a 'Represented Class Member' of the PFAS Contamination Class Action you will be represented by Shine Lawyers and Litigation Capital Management (LCM), the company funding this class action.

If you register as a 'Registered Unrepresented Class Member' of the PFAS Contamination Class Action you will not enter into any contract with Shine Lawyers and Litigation Capital Management (LCM), the company funding this class action. Please note that in future, the Court may require you to contribute to the legal and administrative costs for this case out of any compensation you may receive.

If you have any questions or require assistance in completing your registration, please contact Shine Lawyers on 1800 066 173.

No. If the claim is unsuccessful, the litigation funder in this case will be liable to pay any adverse costs on behalf of all claimants and any costs the litigation funder has paid up until that point will not have to be repaid.

Regardless of the outcome, the litigation funder and Shine Lawyers will only be repaid from any settlement or judgment amounts, not out of the claimants’ pockets.

It costs nothing to join the class action. For funding information specific to the class action being run in your region, please visit the “Common Questions” section of the page for your location:

If the class action is successful, the amount of compensation will vary from property owner to property owner as it depends on your individual circumstances.

The PFAS Contamination Class Action is seeking damages for property owners for economic loss. This includes the diminution in value of their land.

The PFAS Contamination Class Action does not include personal injury claims for exposure to the PFAS contamination. The adverse health effects of exposure to PFAS chemicals, and the viability of a class action will continue to be investigated. Class actions such as this have been run in other countries around the world for both defence force personnel and communities.