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Current investigations summaries

The below summarises the status of current investigations and results will be added as they become available.

Australian Capital Territory

Airservices ARFFS site PFAS impacts onsite Investigation status and reports
Canberra Airport (ACT) Confirmed at fire station and fire training ground. Canberra Airport information sheet
Media Statement Canberra Preliminary Site Investigation
Preliminary Site Investigation report February 2019

New South Wales

Airservices ARFFS site PFAS impacts onsite Investigation status and reports
Sydney Airport (NSW) Confirmed at fire station and fire training ground. Site investigations underway.

Northern Territory

Airservices ARFFS site PFAS impacts onsite Investigation status and reports
Alice Springs Airport (NT) Confirmed at fire station and fire training ground. Alice Springs Airport information sheet

Alice Springs Airport Media Statement

Alice Springs Airport Preliminary Site Investigation

Alice Springs Airport Preliminary Sampling Report

Yulara Airport (NT) Confirmed at fire station and fire training ground. Site investigations underway.

Queensland

Airservices ARFFS site PFAS impacts onsite Investigation status and reports
Brisbane Airport (QLD) Confirmed at fire station and fire training ground. Brisbane Airport information sheet
Cairns Airport (QLD) Confirmed at fire station and fire training ground. Cairns Airport information sheet
Gold Coast Airport (QLD) Confirmed at fire station and fire training ground. Gold Coast Airport information sheet

Media statement spear bore sampling

Further groundwater sampling report October 2017

Media statement biota sampling March 2017

Biota sampling report March 2017

Media statement preliminary site investigation November 2016

Preliminary site investigation report October 2016

Preliminary sampling report October 2016

Hamilton Island Airport (QLD) Confirmed at fire station. Site investigations underway.
Mackay Airport (QLD) Confirmed at fire station and fire training ground. Mackay Airport PSI information sheet

Mackay Airport PSI media statement

Mackay Airport Preliminary Site Investigation report

Mackay Airport Preliminary Sampling report

Rockhampton Airport (QLD) Confirmed at fire station and fire training ground. Site investigations underway.
Sunshine Coast Airport (QLD) Confirmed at fire station. Sunshine Coast Airport information sheet

South Australia

Tasmania

Airservices ARFFS site PFAS impacts onsite Investigation status and reports
Hobart Airport (TAS) Confirmed at fire station and fire training ground. Hobart Airport information sheet

Hobart targeted PFAS investigation 2018

Media statement Hobart targeted PFAS investigation

Preliminary site investigation report October 2017

Launceston Airport (TAS) Confirmed at fire station and fire training ground. Launceston Airport information sheet

Media statement Launceston Airport PSI

Launceston Airport PSI

Victoria

Airservices ARFFS site PFAS impacts onsite Investigation status and reports
Avalon Airport (VIC) Confirmed at fire station. Site investigations underway.
Melbourne Airport, Tullamarine (VIC) Confirmed at fire station and fire training ground. Melbourne Airport information sheet

Media Statement Melbourne Airport Preliminary Site Investigation

Preliminary site investigation report December 2018

Western Australia

Airservices ARFFS site PFAS impacts onsite Investigation status and reports
Broome International Airport (WA) Investigations complete. Broome International Airport information sheet

Preliminary Site Investigation Report May 2018

Media Statement Broome preliminary site investigation

Karratha Airport (WA) Confirmed at fire station. Site investigations underway.
Perth Airport (WA) Confirmed at fire station and fire training ground. Perth Airport information sheet

Preliminary Site Investigation Report October 2018

Media Statement Perth preliminary site investigation

Port Hedland Airport (WA) Site investigations underway. Site investigations underway.

Investigations managed by Defence

Airservices ARFFS site PFAS impacts onsite Investigation status and reports
Darwin Airport (NT) Confirmed at fire station and fire training ground. *Note: investigations being managed by Department of Defence.
Townsville Airport (QLD) Confirmed at fire station. *Note: investigations being managed by Department of Defence.

Investigations managed by Department of Defence

Note: The following list of locations notes where ARFF services were not provided by Airservices: Essendon Airport (VIC), Moorabbin Airport (VIC), Parafield Airport (SA), Jandakot Airport (WA), Archerfield (QLD), Bundaberg (QLD), Eagle Farm (QLD), Mt Isa (QLD), Proserpine (QLD), Devonport (TAS), Wynyard (TAS), Bankstown (NSW), Tamworth (NSW) and Norfolk Island (NSW). Airservices was established in 1995 via the Air Services Act 1995. Responsibility for management of any potential legacy PFAS contamination from historic ARFFS operations at these sites is a complex matter that is currently being considered by the Commonwealth.

Related links

Australian Government PFAS site
The central Australian Government PFAS website. It provides easy access to information on PFAS for a wide range of interested audiences.

The Department of Health
Provides up to date information on the known health effects and exposure pathways of PFAS, current health initiatives and community support.

News

13 July 2019
Airservices results of PFAS investigation at Mackay Airport

16 August 2018
Airservices to support innovative PFAS remediation research

31 July 2018
Updated FAQ on the historical use of PFAS containing foams at Australian airports


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