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Richmond PFAS Contamination Class Action

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


About the Richmond 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 Richmond, and contaminate local environments. These contaminants have negatively impacted properties, land values and the livelihoods of the Richmond community.

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

In November 2018, the ADF finalised a detailed site investigation at RAAF Base Richmond, with results detecting a PFAS plume in the groundwater of approximately 2km in length and 5km in width. PFAS was also detected at locations where surface water discharges from the site into locations such as Rickabys Creek and its tributaries, and Bakers Lagoon.

Important Notice

The Richmond 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 Richmond PFAS Contamination Class Action

If your property is located in the Richmond contamination investigation area, and was owned by you on 12th December 2017, you are encouraged to register for this class action so that you may seek the compensation you are entitled to.

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

Option 1

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

Option 2

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

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

Opting out of the Class Action

If you do not wish to be a part of the PFAS Contamination Class Action, you have the option to opt out by 4:00pm (Sydney time) on 30 September 2020. By opting out you will lose a right to any compensation awarded out of the class action, however you can still bring an individual claim against the Department of Defence.

Download the Opt Out form

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 Bullsbrook, Darwin, Edinburgh, Townsville, Wagga Wagga and Wodonga.

Documents relating to these Class Actions

Court Notice to Register in the Class Action or Opt Out - Richmond (NSW)Opt Out NoticeStatement of Claim

Contact Us

If you have any questions or require any assistance in registering for the class action, please contact our Richmond 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 special counsel, solicitors and support staff, including law clerks and paralegals. The team includes:

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