Intergovernmental Agreement on a National Framework for Responding to PFAS Contamination

On 29 May 2020, the Prime Minister announced that the Council of Australian Government (COAG) will cease and a new National Federation Reform Council (NFRC) will be formed, with National Cabinet at the centre of the NFRC.

More information is available on the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet website.

This Intergovernmental Agreement was updated following a review of its operation after one year. The revisions to the Agreement and its Appendices A and C, which came into effect on 7 February 2020, support strengthened collaboration and cooperation between the Commonwealth and the States and Territories to respond consistently and effectively to per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) contamination. A newly included National PFAS Position Statement (Appendix D) sets out a shared vision of governments to reduce future releases of PFAS into the environment.

  • Appendix B (The PFAS National Environmental Management Plan)
  • Appendix E (Health Based Guidance Values for PFAS)
  • Appendix F (Environmental Health Standing Committee Guidance Statements on PFAS)
    Appendix G (Australian Health Protection Principal Committee PFAS Factsheet)
  • Appendix H (Food Regulation Standing Committee Statement on PFAS and the general food supply)

The original Agreement, which came into effect on 20 February 2018, and original Appendices A and C, are on this website.