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Hazelwood Mine Fire Inquiry Implementation

The Victorian Government is continuing in its work to deliver response actions to the Hazelwood Mine Fire Inquiry.

The Hazelwood Mine Fire Inquiry: Victorian Government Implementation Plan released on 21 June 2016 outlines the government's response to the 2014 and 2015/16 Hazelwood Mine Fire Inquiry reports, which together made 44 recommendations and 44 affirmations to the State.

The Implementation Plan contains 245 action items, which outline how all recommendations and affirmations will be implemented. A link to download the full Implementation Plan is included below.

The final report of the reopened Inquiry was released on 14 April 2016. Across its four reports, the reopened Inquiry made recommendations to improve the health of the Latrobe Valley community, strengthen the state's mining regulation and promote effective mine rehabilitation planning.

The government has allocated over $80 million to implement the recommendations and support the Latrobe Valley community.

Included in this commitment is funding for the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources (DEDJTR) to:

  • modernise the regulator (Earth Resources Regulation) of the Latrobe Valley coal mines (underway)
  • reform the mining legislation, as appropriate, to address the issues identified in the Inquiry reports (underway)
  • develop a regional strategy for rehabilitation planning for the Latrobe Valley coal mines (underway)
  • establish the Latrobe Valley Mine Rehabilitation Commissioner (complete)
  • establish the Latrobe Valley Mine Rehabilitation Advisory Committee (complete)
  • bring forward the requirements for risk-based work plans (complete)
  • acquire expertise to monitor and enforce fire management requirements (ongoing)
  • review and update the rehabilitation bond policy as it applies as it applies to the Latrobe Valley coal mines (complete)
  • require further rehabilitation bonds in a staged approach
    • by June 2016, implement further rehabilitation bonds to 50% of the self-assessed rehabilitation liability (complete)
    • by December 2016, implement further rehabilitation bonds to 100% of self-assessed rehabilitation liability (complete)
    • by mid-2017, implement further rehabilitation bonds to reflect the updated rehabilitation bond policy and rehabilitation liability calculated via an independent assessment (on track)
  • specify manner and form of the coal mines' future rehabilitation liability assessments (complete)
  • ensure sufficient expertise in mine closure and rehabilitation liability assessments (complete)
  • develop progressive rehabilitation milestones in consultation with coal mines and Technical Review Board (underway).

DEDJTR is responsible for implementing, or contributing to the implementation of, a total of 50 actions.

The Inspector-General for Emergency Management (IGEM) will monitor and annually report on the progress to implement the recommendations of the Inquiry reports.

This independent monitoring and reporting will provide assurance to the Latrobe Valley community that the government is meeting its commitment.

The IGEM's annual report on progress for 2016 was tabled in Parliament on 24 November 2016. A copy of the report is available below.

If you have any questions or would like further information about the response actions for which DEDJTR is responsible please send an email to enquirieshazelwood@ecodev.vic.gov.au.

For further information visit the Hazelwood Mine Fire Inquiry website.

Publications

Hazelwood Mine Fire Inquiry Implementation Plan

Hazelwood Mine Fire Inquiry - Implementation of recommendations and affirmations
IGEM Annual Report 2016

An accessible version of this report will be provided shortly