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 IMF Bentham Limited.

Participating in the case

Dentons have filed the claim on a 'closed class basis'. This means the Class Action is brought only on behalf of eligible property and business owners who entered into a litigation funding agreement with IMF prior to 4 October 2019.

Current Stage of Case

On 2 November 2016, proceedings were filed in the Federal Court in Sydney. The matter has been set down for trial, with the first stage to be heard from 1 April 2020 to 1 May 2020, and the second stage to be heard from 30 November 2020 to 24 December 2020.

For further information about the Williamtown Class Action please contact IMF Bentham 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

Laura Maytom

Contact Details

IMF Client Liaison Team
1800 016 464
[email protected]