Government bushfire disaster assistance and support programs

Money and Life
(Financial Planning Association of Australia)

 

Australians seeking to re-build following the recent bushfire emergencies may find the information and contacts below useful.

FEDERAL GOVERNMENT ASSISTANCE

DisasterAssist

DisasterAssist is being used as a temporary website for the current bushfire disaster as well as for disaster recovery payments. This information will move to the new National Bushfire Recovery Agency website soon. ​​

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National Bushfire Recovery Agency

In January 2020, the Government announced the creation of a new National Bushfire Recovery Agency to lead and coordinate a national response to rebuilding communities affected by bushfires across large parts of Australia.

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Department of Human Services

The Department of Human Services provides a list of contacts for people directly affected by bushfires in disaster declared areas.

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Disaster payments  – Services Australia (Centrelink)

Information about claiming disaster payments for those affected by bushfires.

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Australian Tax Office (ATO)

The ATO can provide support to those impacted by bushfires including through lodgement/ payment deferrals, helping you find lost tax file number (TFN) details, re-issuing income tax returns, activity statements, notices of assessment, fast tracking refunds owed, helping you re-construct tax records and more.

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National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA)

The NDIA has developed a resource page for NDIS participants and providers including information on urgent assistive technology repairs.

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The NDIA has also produced an easy read emergency guide with bushfire information and support.

STATE GOVERNMENT ASSISTANCE

NEW SOUTH WALES

The NSW Office of Emergency Management provides a list of support and resources including housing, insurance and other financial support for those impacted by emergencies.

Disaster Welfare Assistance Line: 1800 018 444

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NSW Rural Assistance Authority

This link provides information about disaster recovery grants for primary producers, small businesses and not-for-profit organisations.

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VICTORIA

Emergency Victoria

This link provides information about emergency relief assistance payments, financial counselling and more.

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VIC Rural Finance

Find out about Disaster Recovery Assistance to assist eligible primary producers, small businesses and not-for-profit organisations.

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SOUTH AUSTRALIA

Department of Human Services

The SA Department of Human Services provides information about disaster recovery including grants and financial assistance for those impacted by bushfires.

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Primary Industries and Regions SA (PIRSA)

This link provides information and advice for agricultural and primary producers impacted by the recent bushfires.

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GENERAL INFORMATION

Finding lost life insurance policies

The Financial Services Council (FSC) can assist with in finding a ‘lost&