Per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances, commonly called PFAS, are manufactured chemicals that have been used in a variety of ways since the 1950’s. One such use had been in firefighting foam as the chemical helped smother fires.

Since learning of the negative impacts to the environment, many countries have phased out or are phasing out the use of PFAS. The impacts to human health are currently not scientifically known but research is being undertaken.

Locally the Australia Government Department of Defence has been undertaking investigations into the use of PFAS at RAAF Base Wagga and Blamey Barracks, Kapooka.

The Department of Defence has further information relating to PFAS including:

The Australian Department of Defence has set up a Wagga Wagga Information Line which can be reached by calling 1800 931 700, or emailing

For specific health-related questions, contact the Department of Health on 1800 941 180 or email