Below we have outlined the government assistance and support available to those affected by the recent bushfire emergencies.
Federal Government Support
National Bushfire Recovery Agency
The Government announced the launch of a new National Bushfire Recovery Agency in January. This agency will lead and coordinate the response to rebuilding communities affected by bushfires.
Australian Tax Office (ATO)
The ATO will assist those affected by the bushfires. They will help with lodgement/payment deferrals, help people find lost tax file number information, as well as re-issuing statements and notices of assessment.
National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA)
The NDIA has created a resource page for NDIS participants. This includes information on who to contact for support and urgent assistive technology repairs.
State Government Assistance
- Emergency Victoria – emergency relief assistance payments and financial counselling are available to those affected.
- VIC Rural Finance – assistance for primary producers, small businesses and not-for-profit organisations affected by the bushfires.
General Assistance and Support
- Life In Mind – a comprehensive list of all bushfire resources available for mental health support.
- Insurance Council of Australia – general guidance on how to prepare for an emergency and what to do if affected.
- Australian Banking Association – find out the ways your bank can help people affected.
- Australian Chamber of Commerce & Industry – online portal outlining critical business information, such as listings of available funds/grants and information on tax, insurance, work health and safety and more.