Land contamination (Williamtown)

This is a class action (the Class Action) against the Department of Defence (Defence) in connection with land contamination arising from Defence’s use of aqueous film forming foam at the Williamtown RAAF Base in NSW (the Contamination). It is alleged that Defence allowed the Contamination to escape from its land causing damage to property owners and businesses for which Defence should be liable to pay compensation.

Who is conducting the Class Action?

The Class Action is being run by Dentons Lawyers, with proceedings funded by Omni Bridgeway Limited.

Participating in the case

Registrations to participate in the Williamtown Class Action are now closed.

Current Stage of Case

On 5 June 2020, the Federal Court of Australia approved the $86 million settlement of the Williamtown Class Action, appointing Dentons as the administrator of the Settlement Distribution Scheme (SDS) and approving the terms of the SDS. For further information about the Williamtown Class Action please contact Omni Bridgeway by email ([email protected]) or by telephone (1800 016 464).


Federal Court in Sydney
Gavin Smith & Ors
Commonwealth of Australia (Department of Defence)

Investment Manager

Ewen McNee

Contact Details

Omni Bridgeway Client Liaison Team
1800 016 464
[email protected]