Black Saturday Bushfire class actions

Please note, the Case Management Conference for the Kilmore East – Kinglake Bushfire Settlement Administration has been adjourned and is now listed for Thursday 30 March 2017 at 9:30 am.

Distribution of compensation to the economic loss and property damage (ELPD) group members remains on track for early April 2017.

Prior to Christmas 2016, compensation was paid to over 1,770 of the personal injury group members from the Black Saturday Bushfire class actions.

On 30 January 2017, a Case Management Conference was held before Justice Forrest and Justice Dixon in the Supreme Court of Victoria. During this Case Management Conference, the Court received an update on the successful payment of personal injury group members, the progress of the settlement administration and the likely timeframe for the distribution of ELPD settlement money.

Maurice Blackburn is continuing to work with its tax advisors and the ATO to attempt to resolve issues relating to interest earned on the Distribution Sum and the deductibility of administration costs. Depending on the outcome of negotiations with the ATO regarding the tax treatment of interest on the settlement sum, there may be a second settlement distribution to group members at a later date in the future.

The actions

The Kilmore East/Kinglake class action encompasses the area burnt including Kilmore East, Kinglake, Strathewen, Steels Creek and other towns.

The Murrindindi/Marysville class action encompasses the area burnt including Murrindindi, Narbethong, Marysville, Buxton, Taggerty.  

More information

Kilmore East/Kinglake Bushfire Class Action

Murrindindi/Marysville Bushfire Class Action