Find the latest news on Australia’s progress with managing PFAS contamination, including developments in environmental guidance, health research and policies.
Version 2.0 of the National Environmental Management Plan (PFAS NEMP 2.0) has been published on the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment’s website. The PFAS NEMP provides nationally agreed guidance on managing PFAS contamination in the environment, including preventing the spread of contamination. It supports collaborative, consistent action on PFAS by all governments around Australia.
The National PFAS Position Statement articulates the shared view of Australian governments that PFAS use in Australia should be reduced where practicable, to limit further PFAS releases into the environment and reduce indirect human exposure to these chemicals. The Australian Government will lead consultation with industry stakeholders on actions they can take to help achieve this.
The Intergovernmental Agreement supports consistent and coordinated responses to PFAS contamination to protect the environment and, as a precaution, protect human health. It has been revised and signed by Australia’s environment ministers following a review conducted after one year of its operation.
Six Australian research institutions will undertake targeted research to increase our understanding of any potential human health effects resulting from exposure to PFAS.