This paper details how the Victorian Government will implement the recommendations of the Bushfires Royal Commission.
To honour this commitment, approximately $700 million in additional investment will be made over the next decade in changes to its electricity networks, in addition to the $50 million already committed in the 2011- 12 Budget. This includes an investment of up to $250 million from the Government. This investment will seek to reduce the risk of bushfire starts by almost two-thirds, whilst maintaining a reliable and affordable electricity supply. The Victorian Government will also invite the Commonwealth to contribute to this program to further reduce risk, which could increase the total investment up to approximately $1 billion.
This paper is a response to the Powerline Bushfire Safety Taskforce Final Report, which is available here.