Victoria’s bushfire season is far from over. The Victorian Government is committed to supporting local communities affected by the devastating fires.
This appeal will provide practical support as impacted Victorians begin to rebuild their lives.
How to donate
Donate to the Victorian Bushfire Appeal online or in person at any Bendigo Bank branch.
All donations of $2 or more are tax deductible. Donors will receive a tax receipt.
The Foundation will make distributions to grant applicants, as recommended by the Advisory Panel, to organisations endorsed as item 1 Deductible Gift Recipients (DGR).
What the Victorian Bushfire Appeal will support
More than $16 million is available for those most affected by the bushfires.
People who have lost homes
Housing Assistance Payments of $25,000 will be made to owner/occupiers and renters whose principal place of residence was either destroyed or severely damaged by bushfire.
Community recovery initiatives
The Community Enterprise Foundation, based on the recommendation of the Victorian Bushfire Appeal Advisory Panel, has recommended the remaining funds be used for medium to long-term community-led recovery initiatives.
The distribution of this funding will be assisted by a community consultation process. The consultation will help the Advisory Panel to identify community recovery priorities that are eligible for funding.
Payments to families
Immediate payments of $50,000 will be made to each of the families of people who have tragically died during Victoria’s recent bushfires.
Funding of up to $4 million will support residents in bushfire-affected areas who have experienced loss of, or damage to, their primary residence.
From $1,000 to $4,500 will be available to people who have lost their principal place of residence. This includes renters and home owners but does not include landlords.
These payments will be available through the Gippsland Emergency Relief Fund, The Salvation Army and three Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations.
- To apply for the emergency relief payment in East Gippsland, contact the Emergency Response Manager at East Gippsland Shire on .
- To apply for the emergency relief payment in Victoria's North East, contact the Salvation Army at or by email at .
Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations:
In East Gippsland, bushfire-affected community members can access this funding by contacting:
- Gippsland and East Gippsland Aboriginal Co-Operative on (03) ; or
- Moogji Aboriginal Council East Gippsland on (03) .
In Northern Victoria, bushfire-affected community members can access this funding by contacting:
Victorian Bushfire Appeal Advisory Panel
An Advisory Panel, chaired by former Victorian Deputy Premier Pat McNamara, will consider and recommend where funds are distributed.
Mr McNamara will chair the 7-person panel comprised of:
- David Impey, Chief Executive Officer, Community Enterprise Foundation
- Pam White, Chair, Country Fire Authority
- Joanne Duncan, Former member for Gisborne
- Natalie O’Connell, Councillor for East Gippsland Shire
- Sue Cunningham, Director, Victoria, Red Cross
- Lee Miezis, Chief Executive Officer,
Where to get help
It is normal for a distressing or frightening event to affect you physically, mentally and emotionally. Long-running fires in your local area can be extremely stressful and can trigger emotional, physical and psychological reactions.
The Victorian Government is supporting on-the-ground services available to assist families to recover.
You can also contact:
- your doctor or local community health centre
- a counsellor or psychologist
- Parentline, Phone:
- Kids Helpline, Phone:
- NURSE-ON-CALL Phone: for expert health information and advice (24 hours, 7 days)
- Australian Psychological Society Referral Service, Phone:
Reviewed 01 April 2020