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Bullsbrook PFAS Contamination Class Action

Shine Lawyers is pursuing justice for property owners in Bullsbrook whose land has been contaminated by PFAS chemicals used by the RAAF Base Pearce.


About the Bullsbrook PFAS Contamination Class Action

From the 1970s to at least 2004, the Australian Defence Force (ADF) regularly conducted firefighting drills using a type of firefighting foam known as Aqueous Film Forming Foam. This foam consists of toxic chemicals known as ‘PFAS’.

The class action alleges that the Department of Defence negligently allowed these toxic chemicals to escape from the RAAF Base Pearce, and contaminate local environments. These contaminants have negatively impacted properties, land values and the livelihoods of the Bullsbrook community.

Shine Lawyers has filed a class action to seek compensation for Bullsbrook property owners who have suffered loss in their property value due to contamination caused by the RAAF Base Pearce.

The ADF commenced a detailed site investigation at RAAF Base Pearce in April 2016 with results detecting PFAS in private bores from residential properties. The Valuer-General in Western Australia recently reviewed the average unimproved value of properties in the Bullsbrook area and reduced their unimproved value by 50% because of the Defence contamination.

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Investigation Area

As part of their investigation, the Department of Defence has released a map identifying the investigation area. Download the map

Important Notice

The Bullsbrook 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.

How to register for the Bullsbrook PFAS Contamination Class Action

If your property is located in the Bullsbrook contamination investigation area, and was owned by you on 23rd June 2016, you are encouraged to register for this class action so that you may seek the compensation you are entitled to.

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

Option 1

Register your details and enter into the Funding Agreement to become a

Option 2

Register your details, without entering into the Funding Agreement to become a

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

Other communities that are part of the PFAS Contamination Class Action

After successfully achieving justice for the Oakey and Katherine communities, Shine Lawyers are now seeking compensation for similarly contaminated areas surrounding Defence bases across Australia, including Darwin, Edinburgh, Richmond, Townsville, Wagga Wagga and Wodonga.

Case Documents

Statement of Claim

Contact Us

If you have any questions or require any assistance in registering for the class action, please contact our Bullsbrook 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 the Base, subsequently impacting the value of surrounding properties.

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 will become liable to pay any adverse costs on behalf of all claimants.

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.

Legal fees are currently paid in part, and disbursements in full, by litigation funder Litigation Capital Management (LCM).

For the remaining legal fees, Shine Lawyers is acting on a No Win No Fee basis. This means the legal fees will only be recovered if the proceedings are successful.

If the Class Action is successful and a judgment of damages is awarded to the people of Bullsbrook, the costs and fees paid by LCM, to bring the proceedings to a successful outcome, will be deducted from the amount of damages received from the Commonwealth. The final legal costs will depend on the amount of work, and time, required to resolve the claim.

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