Bushfire support and information

Farmers, fisher and foresters, along with rural, regional and urban communities are experiencing devastating bushfire events this summer.

The Australian Government is working with state and territory governments to respond to the unfolding bushfire crisis taking place across Australia.

Stay updated

The National Bushfire Recovery Agency was announced on 6 January 2020 to lead and coordinate a national response to rebuilding communities affected by bushfires across large parts of Australia. The Agency represents the Government’s commitment to assist those impacted by the devastating fires and support the recovery of our communities.

Visit the Bushfire Recovery Agency.

The Agency will work shoulder to shoulder with and for communities and collaborating with all levels of government, industry experts, business and charity sectors.

What we’re doing

We are supporting the recovery of our bushfire-affected farmers, fishers and foresters.

Rural Financial Counsellors

Contact the RFCS

Emergency bushfire support

  • $100 million to help farmers, fishers and foresters. Support for their immediate and urgent recovery needs.

Check if you’re eligible

Find local agricultural support

See below for a list of the immediate assistance available to those impacted by the unfolding bushfire crisis in Australia, in particular local agricultural support.

We will continue to update services as more information becomes available.

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Victoria

  • State recovery assistance services
  • Fodder requests and donations: Victorian Farmers Federation, 1300 882 833
  • Stock loss and assessment: Agriculture Victoria, 1800 226 226

New South Wales

South Australia

Queensland

Western Australia       

Tasmania

Australian Capital territory

Northern Territory

National services

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Mental Health support

We recognise this is a challenging time for farmers, fishers and foresters and rural, regional and urban communities and encourage you to seek mental health support from a local service listed above, or from:

Commonwealth Rural Financial Counselling Service

The Rural Financial Counselling Service (RFCS) is a free, confidential service if you experiencing, or at risk of, financial hardship. Talk with a rural financial counsellor who can give you individual support to meet your needs and help you to make the right decisions for your business. As part of their service, rural financial counsellors can also help you to:

  • identify your financial and business options
  • negotiate with your lenders
  • identify other assistance schemes
  • apply for Farm Household Allowance.

Call the RFCS today on 1800 686 175 for a confidential discussion and referral to your local RFCS office.

Other Commonwealth agencies and information

Download factsheets

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Boost to RFCS funding during the bushfire and drought crisis PDF 2 832 KB
Boost to RFCS funding during the bushfire and drought crisis DOCX 2 22 KB
$100 million in bushfire emergency support for farmers, fishers and foresters PDF 2 428 KB
$100 million in bushfire emergency support for farmers, fishers and foresters DOCX  2 24 KB

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Last reviewed: 31 January 2020
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