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Darwin PFAS Contamination Class Action Investigation

Shine Lawyers is continuing investigations into chemical contamination of soil and groundwater in and around Darwin. Shine Lawyers are investigating whether the contamination is due to the use of firefighting chemicals by the Department of Defence containing per- and poly- fluoroalkyls (PFAS). Click here to register now.


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. RAAF Base Darwin has a history of using this foam during training.

The Department of Defence are undertaking investigations to determine the extent of land and groundwater contamination from the use of PFAS chemicals on the RAAF Base Darwin. Click here to download a copy of the investigation area map.

What is this class action about?

The potential class action would be on behalf of members of the Darwin community who own, or have owned property in the contaminated area. Shine Lawyers are investigating whether the contamination by PFAS has negatively impacted land values in Darwin.

The Darwin investigation follows the launch of a class action in Oakey and Katherine by Shine Lawyers against the Department of Defence.

Please note the Darwin investigation is not including personal injury claims for exposure to the PFAS contamination. We will, however, continue to investigate the potential of a class action for people whose health has been adversely affected by exposure to PFAS chemicals. Class actions such as this have been run in other countries around the world for both defence force personnel and communities surrounding these bases. We hope that in time we will be able to run similar actions here in Australia for those affected.

Am I eligible to participate in the Class Action?

The Department of Defence is currently undertaking long-term environmental investigations into the contamination of soil and groundwater in the Darwin area. As part of this investigation, the Department of Defence has released a map identifying the investigation area - click here to download a copy.

At present, to be eligible for the potential Class Action, your property must be located in or around the investigation area and owned by you in 2016.

It may be that the eligibility criteria for the Class Action will change, depending on legal advice. If the criteria changes, we will let you know.

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Who is Shine Lawyers' Class Action team?

Shine Lawyers' Class Action team includes some of the firm’s most experienced special counsel, solicitors and support staff, including law clerks and paralegals. The Darwin investigation team includes:

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