Terms of settlement reached on PFAS class actions

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Senator the Hon Linda Reynolds CSC

Minister for Defence

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Nicky Hamer (Minister Reynolds’ Office): +61 437 989 927

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The Hon Darren Chester MP

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs

Minister for Defence Personnel

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26 February 2020

Joint statement

  • Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and Minister for Defence Personnel, The Hon. Darren Chester MP

The Australian Government has reached an in-principle agreement to settle three Federal Court of Australia class actions relating to per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) contamination in the communities of Williamtown, NSW, Oakey, Qld, and Katherine, NT.

The parties are in the process of finalising detailed terms of the settlement. These terms are confidential and are subject to formal consideration and approval by the Federal Court of Australia. The parties will inform the Federal Court of Australia that an in-principle agreement has been reached at the first available opportunity.

Defence sees itself as part of the fabric of these communities and the Government remains committed to engaging with those impacted by PFAS contamination.

Reaching a settlement is not the end of Defence’s engagement in these communities, however, it does represent an important milestone on what has been a difficult journey for many people over the past few years.

The Government remains committed to concluding the environmental investigations into PFAS contamination on and near Defence facilities across Australia, and to the ongoing monitoring and engagement with communities once investigations are complete.

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