Information regarding Relief and Recovery support. Emergency Relief Assistance Payments of up to $1960 per eligible household are available to help meet immediate needs. Emergency Re-establishment Payments provide up to $42,250 per eligible household experiencing financial hardship for clean-up, emergency accommodation, repairs and rebuilding.

https://www.emergency.vic.gov.au/relief/#financial_assistance

The program covers the demolition and disposal of all buildings destroyed or damaged beyond repair by this season’s bushfires. This includes:

  • residential homes
  • sheds and other out-buildings
  • commercial buildings
  • public buildings

This may also include the removal of fencing, trees and vehicles, but only where it is necessary for the safe clean-up of destroyed buildings.

Register your eligibility for the clean-up program on the website, link below.

https://www.vic.gov.au/bushfire-clean-up-program

Support coordinators will be a single point of contact, working with local residents to link them directly with vital support, such as information and advice, mental health support or financial counselling.

They will also help with practical things like filling out paperwork, accessing grants and financial claims, and navigating services available through the local council, state and Commonwealth governments.

People in fire-affected areas in Gippsland and North East Victoria are eligible.

The program also includes support for people who may have been impacted by the bushfires in these areas but live in other parts of Victoria. There is no charge for the services provided by this program.

This initiative is jointly funded by the Commonwealth and the Victorian Government under Commonwealth-State Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements.

https://www.vic.gov.au/victorian-bushfires-case-support-program

The Victorian Bushfires Community Recovery Package will provide $86 million in support to the following local government areas:

  • Ararat
  • Alpine
  • Ballarat
  • East Gippsland
  • Glenelg
  • Golden Plains
  • Indigo
  • Mansfield
  • Northern Grampians
  • Pyrenees
  • Southern Grampians
  • Towong
  • Wangaratta
  • Wellington
  • Wodonga

This includes:

  • Recovery grants: up to $75,000
  • Community and Emergency Services Health: $10 million
  • Community Recovery Hubs (including mobile hubs): $15 million
  • Community Recovery Committees: $6 million
  • Community Recovery and Resilience Grants: $35 million
  • Immediate Reconstruction and Rebuilding Program: $20 million

This initiative is jointly funded by the Commonwealth and the Victorian Government under Commonwealth-State Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements.

https://www.vic.gov.au/community-recovery-package