Black Saturday Bushfire class actions


All payments to members of the Black Saturday Bushfire class actions have been finalised. Nearly $700 million in compensation was distributed in December 2016 and February 2017.

Distribution of compensation to the economic loss and property damage (ELPD) group members occurred in February 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.

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