Relief & Recovery

Donations

Victorian Bushfire Appeal

A Victorian Bushfire Appeal has been established to provide practical support to Victorians impacted by the state’s devastating fires, including in East Gippsland and North East Victoria.

The Victorian Government has partnered with Bendigo Bank and The Salvation Army to establish the Appeal, with 100% of donated funds going directly to communities in need as they begin to rebuild their lives. An Advisory Panel, chaired by former Victorian Deputy Premier Pat McNamara, will consider and recommend where the funds are distributed.

Donations can be made at any Bendigo Bank branch or online at vic.gov.au/bushfireappeal or Community Enterprise Foundation™

All donations of $2 or more are tax deductible and donors will be provided with a tax receipt through the Foundation.

 

Wildlife Recovery Effort

Donate to the wildlife recovery effort via the official Zoos Victoria Bushfire Emergency Wildlife Fund here: https://donate.zoo.org.au/donation

If you see fire affected wildlife that requires assistance, please call Wildlife Victoria on 03 8400 7300.

 

Material goods

Emergency managers and relief and recovery organisations are asking people to NOT donate goods. They are overwhelmed by donations in relief centres and it is diverting resources away from critical tasks.

The best way people can help impacted communities is through financial donations.

 

Find or offer free emergency housing

Airbnb's Open Homes Program helps communities band together in the wake of a disaster. The program finished in Victoria on 31 January 2020.

A total of 623 guests were housed between 2 January 2020 and 31 January 2020.

More information can be found on the Airbnb website at www.airbnb.com/victoriabushfires20.  

 

Scams

If you spot a bushfire-related scam, you can report it to the Australian Competition and Consumer Watchdog on their dedicated number 1300 795 995. 

The Consumer Affairs Victoria website also includes a range of information, including advice on avoiding scams and advice in a disaster.

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