The parties to the Murrindindi Black Saturday bushfire class action agreed to settle on 6 February 2015, when the trial was expected to begin.

The application for the Court's approval of the Murrindindi bushfire class action settlement was heard before Justice Emerton on 13 and 14 May 2015, with her Honour approving the settlement application on 27 May 2015.


The judgment of the Hon Justice Emerton approving the proposed settlement scheme can be accessed via AustLII (External link).

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 25 June 2015, 23 March 2016, 21 June 2016, 19 September 2016, 14 November 2016, 30 November 2016 and 30 January 2017 to 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 has no current 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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