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 $5 million is available for those most affected by the bushfires.
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 and The Salvation Army.
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 14 February 2020