In 2017, Shine Lawyers launched a class action against the Commonwealth of Australia, specifically the Department of Defence.
It is alleged the Department of Defence contaminated soil and groundwater in and around Oakey due to the use of firefighting chemicals containing per- and poly- fluoroalkyls. It is alleged this contamination has negatively impacted both business and land values in Oakey. IMF Bentham, one of Australia's largest litigation funders, is funding the Oakey case.
Property and/or business owner/operator claims
Shine Lawyers' Class Actions Department has brought an action on behalf of over 450 individuals in the Oakey community who own, or have owned, residential and/or commercial property in the contaminated area.
Shine Lawyers are seeking compensation for the economic loss suffered from a decline in value of residential, agricultural and/or business land due to the contamination.
This action does not seek compensation for any personal injury claims.
Joining the class action
If you think that your property or business has been affected by the contamination in Oakey, you may have a claim.
Follow the link below to register for the class action:
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 Oakey investigation team includes:
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Common questions about Oakey Contamination Class Action
This is a class action against the Commonwealth of Australia, specifically the Department of Defence. It is alleged that the Department of Defence negligently allowed firefighting foam to escape from the Army Aviation Centre Oakey. It is alleged this foam contained chemicals that contaminated the soil and groundwater, subsequently impacting the value of surrounding properties and businesses.
From 1970 to approximately 2005, the Australian Defence Force (ADF) regularly conducted firefighting drills at the Army Aviation Centre Oakey using a specific type of firefighting foam. The ADF has advised that chemicals in this firefighting foam have penetrated soil on the base and contaminated the groundwater.
Contaminated groundwater has been detected several kilometres to the west and southwest of the base.
The ADF has advised local residents not to drink their bore water or creek water.
The chemicals of concern include PFOS (Perfluorooctane Sulfonate), PFOA (Perfluorooctanoic Acid, also known as C8) and PFHxS (Perfluorohexane Sulfonate). These chemicals are members of a group of chemicals known as per- and poly- fluoroalkyl substances.
The Australian Defence Force has indicated that the levels of PFOS present in Oakey’s groundwater range from 0.2ug/L to 500ug/L and levels of PFOA range from 0.4ug/L to 500ug/L. These ranges exceed the short-term health advisory limits published by the US Environmental Protection Agency in 2012 (normally intended to protect for one or ten days of exposure) which are 0.2ug/L for PFOS and 0.4ug/L for PFOA.
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