Voluntary Blood Testing Program

This page contains information regarding Voluntary Blood Testing Program for PFAS.

Page last updated: 16 April 2019

The Australian Government is providing a free blood test for Per- and Poly-fluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) for people who live or work, or who have lived or worked, in the RAAF Base Williamtown, NSW, Army Aviation Centre Oakey, Qld, or RAAF Base Tindal, NT Investigation Areas and who have potentially been exposed to PFAS. Please note that the RAAF Base Williamtown Investigation Area may also be referred to as the ‘Management Area’.

The Australian Government has extended the timeframe for the Voluntary Blood Testing Program from 30 April 2019 to 30 June 2019.

Where individual consent is given, the PFAS blood test results from these areas may be used as part of an epidemiological study to improve the understanding of the potential health effects relating to PFAS exposure. Please refer to the PFAS – An Epidemiological Study webpage for more information.

The Voluntary Blood Testing Program will run concurrently with the epidemiological study.

Further information on the Voluntary Blood Testing Program, including information on how to access the program is available in the following Factsheets:

Please note that the Department of Health has contracted Sonic Healthcare to provide pathology services under the Voluntary Blood Testing Program. The Department of Health cannot reimburse individuals for the costs of blood tests undertaken by other pathology providers.

Statutory Declaration

Please note that if you wish to obtain a free blood testing under this Program, you, or parent or guardian of a minor, will be required to sign a Statutory Declaration to confirm eligibility.

To assist in this process pre-filled Statutory Declarations are available below.

Information for GPs

The following factsheets have been prepared for GPs to assist in consultations with people seeking a blood test under the Voluntary Blood Testing Program.