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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. Click here to register for the class action.


The Australian Defence Force (ADF) regularly conducted firefighting drills during the 1970s until at least 2004, using Aqueous Film Forming Foam (AFFF), a type of firefighting foam. RAAF Base Richmond has a history of using AFFF during training sessions.

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. As part of this investigation, the Department of Defence has released a map identifying the investigation area – click here to download a copy.

About the Richmond PFAS Contamination Class Action

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

Richmond Investigation Area Map

The class action alleges that the Department of Defence negligently allowed toxic chemicals known as ‘PFAS’ 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 is seeking compensation for Richmond property owners for economic loss, including the diminution in value to their properties.

Please note that 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 formally register for the class action, you will need to complete and sign a funding agreement with Litigation Capital Management (LCM) (the Litigation Funder for this case).

If you wish to register, please click the button below:

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Shine Lawyers is seeking justice for similarly contaminated communities surrounding Defence bases across Australia including Bullsbrook, Darwin, Edinburgh, Katherine, Oakey, Townsville, Wagga Wagga and Wodonga.

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.

Who is Shine Lawyers’ Class Action team?

Our expert Class Action team consists of some of the firm’s most experienced Special Counsel, Solicitors and support staff, including Law Clerks and Paralegals. The Richmond PFAS Contamination Class Action team includes:

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