Emergency assistance payments and other non-financial support is available to people affected by the bushfires. More support may be provided by the Victorian and Commonwealth Governments once the full extent of damage is known – check back often to make sure you have access to the most current information and receive the support you need.
At both the State and Federal levels, bushfire recovery authorities have been created with significant funding resources announced to support affected areas. At this point in time, specific details about programs and accessing funding is yet to be released. We will continue to monitor both and will update as and when information comes to hand.
Where to get help
For all incident and relief and recovery information, including both Victorian and Commonwealth Government assistance, please visit Emergency Victoria.
VTIC in partnership with the Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry is providing business assistance in a disaster declared area. For further details please click here.
It is normal to feel anxious or physically, mentally and emotionally unwell after a distressing or frightening event.
Workplace relations advice
Special provisions are available to employers whose business is disrupted by the bushfires. To find out about when an employer can stand an employee down, whether they need to be paid, and the difference between a stand down and a shut down, and any workplace relations advice, please contact the Workplace Relations Advice Line on 03 8662 5442 or make an online inquiry.
The Insurance Council of Australia (ICA) has set up a national hotline (1800 734 621) for anyone with questions about their bushfire insurance, including helping to link them with their insurer if they have lost their documents.
If you are getting ready to leave and have not yet been notified to take action by emergency services, it is recommended that you take photographs of contents and assets prior to evacuating.
Landholders needing emergency fodder for livestock should contact the Victorian Farmers Federation (VFF) on 1300 882 833 between 9am and 5pm or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tell us about your business
VTIC works with Local, State and Federal governments to ensure affected businesses have access to disaster assistance arrangements. If your business has been affected by the bushfires please let us know at email@example.com.