About Bushfire Recovery Victoria

We are a new, permanent and dedicated agency working directly with local communities affected by Victoria's devastating bushfires.

Bushfire Recovery Victoria

Bushfire Recovery Victoria (BRV) is a new, permanent and dedicated Victorian Government agency.

We're not here to tell communities how they must rebuild. We're here to listen, to help and to deliver what the community needs.

The earlier we get to work, the better. We have immediately established a presence in affected communities and are helping right away. But there's more to do.

We understand healing takes time, money and ongoing support – over months, years and decades. We are here for the long haul.

For support, please call 1800 560 760. No request is too small or large.

For media enquiries, email

Our team

  • Chairperson: Ken Lay
  • CEO: Lee Miezis

BRV sits within the Department of Premier and Cabinet to ensure whole-of-government coordination. It reports directly to the Premier.

Our chairperson


BA (Pol Stud), GDip Pub Admin, HonLLD (Monash), FAICD

Ken Lay is Chair of Bushfire Recovery Victoria.

Mr Lay was Chief Commissioner of Victoria Police from 2011 to 2015 in a career that spanned over 40 years in policing. In 2015, he was appointed as the Chair of the Council of Australian Governments Expert Advisory Panel on Family Violence and later that year was appointed the Chair of the Prime Minister’s National Ice Task Force. He has served as Chair of the Ambulance Victoria Board of Directors, as well as Director of the Alannah and Madeline Foundation, and of the Essendon Football Club.

In 2015, Mr Lay was awarded a Doctor of Laws (Honoris Causa) by Monash University in recognition of his service to the community. He was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia in the 2017 Australia Day Awards for services to policing and the community.

Reviewed 14 February 2020

Contact Bushfire Recovery Victoria

GPO Box 4912, Melbourne, VIC 3001

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