Hazelwood Mine Fire Inquiry

Hazelwood Mine Fire Inquiry 
The Government's commitment

The Government has committed to implementing in full all recommendations and affirmations of the 2014 and 2015/16 Inquiry Reports, allocating:

  • $30 million in the 2015/16 State Budget to implement the recommendations and affirmations of the 2014 Inquiry Report; and
  • $51.2 million in the 2016/17 State Budget for additional implementation activities.

In all, the Government has committed over $80 million to implement the Inquiry Reports and improve the lives of the Latrobe Valley Community. This is in addition to the $40 million allocated in the 2016/17 State Budget to plan for the economic transition of the Latrobe Valley.

Hazelwood Mine Fire Inquiry: Victorian Government Implementation Plan

The Hazelwood Mine Fire Inquiry: Victorian Government Implementation Plan was tabled in the Victorian Parliament on 21 June 2016.

The Implementation Plan is the Government's formal response to the Inquiry Reports, setting out 246 actions that will be undertaken to implement all recommendations and affirmations of the 2014 and 2015/16 Inquiry Reports. In delivering the Implementation Plan, the Government will work in partnership with the community to co-design programs and initiatives, and deliver real and long-lasting change.

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The actions and activities in the Implementation Plan will have real impacts on the lives of the people who live and work in the Latrobe Valley. Planning for a Better Future in the Latrobe Valley provides a narrative to inform the community of the changes they will see over the next three years.

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Hazelwood Mine Fire Inquiry Implementation Monitoring

The Implementation Plan commits to independent monitoring and public reporting on the progress of implementation. The Inspector-General for Emergency Management (IGEM) has been appointed as the independent monitor of the Implementation Plan.

The IGEM will also monitor progress of implementation of the Inquiry Report recommendations and affirmations by non-government parties, which include:

  • The operators of the three Latrobe Valley Coal Mines: ENGIE, operator of the Hazelwood Coal Mine; AGL, operator of the Loy Yang Coal Mine; and EnergyAustralia, operator of the Yallourn Coal Mine.
  • The four principal health agencies in the Latrobe Valley as identified by the Inquiry: Latrobe Regional Hospital; Latrobe Community Health Service; Gippsland Primary Health Network; and Latrobe City Council.
  • Statutory and non-government health agencies.
  • Other parties who made affirmations captured by the Inquiry at page 137 of the Health Improvement Report.

The IGEM will report annually on the progress of implementation to the Minister for Emergency Services in October. The Minister for Emergency Services will publicly release each report.

Hazelwood Mine Fire Inquiry 2015 Annual Progress Report

From October 2014 until January 2016, monitoring of the State's implementation of the 2014 Inquiry Report recommendations and affirmations was undertaken jointly by the IGEM and the former Hazelwood Mine Fire Inquiry Implementation Monitor.

From 1 February 2016, the IGEM took over responsibility for monitoring implementation of all 2014 Inquiry Report recommendations and affirmations. This arrangement is expressed in the Implementation Plan.

The Hazelwood Mine Fire Inquiry 2015 Annual Progress Report was tabled in Parliament on Wednesday, 25 November 2015.

Hazelwood Mine Fire Inquiry Annual Report 2016

Read the Hazelwood Mine Fire Inquiry: Implementation of recommendations and affirmations - Annual Report 2016 (PDF, 2.95 MB) | Hazelwood Mine Fire Inquiry: Implementation of recommendations and affirmations - Annual Report 2016 (Word, 3.98 MB)

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Departments and agencies across Government are working together with the community to progress the Implementation Plan. This is a long-term plan for change, and requires dedication from all involved. If you have a question, or would like to get involved, please email:

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Last updated on Wednesday, 15 February 2017