The parties to the Kilmore East Kinglake Black Saturday bushfire class action agreed to settle on 15 July 2014, after more than 200 court sitting days before Justice J Forrest.

The application for the Court's approval of the Kilmore East Kinglake Black Saturday bushfire class action settlement was heard before Justice Osborn on 24 and 25 November 2014. On 23 December 2014, his Honour approved the settlement.


These are some of the pleadings:

Order and reasons for judgment

These are the orders and reasons for judgment:

The Settlement Distribution Scheme (SDS)

The SDS, which sets out in detail the process for assessing individual claims and the manner in which the settlement sum will be distributed, can be accessed via the following link:

Court supervision of the settlement distribution process

Since the terms of settlement were approved, the Court has held case management conferences on 15 April 2015, 19 June 2015, 20 October 2015, 31 March 2016, 21 June 2016, 19 September 2016, 14 November 2016, 30 November 2016 and 30 January 2017 supervise the settlement distribution process.

Below are rulings and orders the Court has made in the course of the supervision process, which explains the progress of the SDS thus far.

Case schedule

This matter, Matthews v AusNet Electricity Services Pty Ltd, S CI 2009 4788, has no further listings. The practitioners will advise the Court when the next case management conference will be required (around September 2018).

The Supreme Court Daily List should be referred to from 4pm the day prior to confirm hearing times and courtroom venues.

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