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How to get help in the bushfires - and how you can help others

Jan 8, 2020, 11:48 AM by Maiy Azize

Bushfires continue to burn in Australia’s worst fire season yet.

Many people are now left without shelter, food, water and everyday essentials. Here is some information on where to get help if you have been effected, and where you can donate or volunteer with us to assist people and communities impacted by these terrible fires.

How to get support
If you need food or clothing, Anglicare Australia Network members have emergency assistance centres in Victoria, South Australia, and NSW South, NSW West and ACT.

If you need financial assistance, support may be available through the Australian Government. More information is available here.

If you are on a Centrelink payment, and you have been affected by the fires, you may be eligible for exemptions to your normal requirements. Call Centrelink on 1800 194 053 for more information.

If you are on a Centrelink payment, and you are a volunteer firefighter, you may be eligible for exemptions to your normal requirements. More information is available here.

If you are on the cashless welfare card and you need advice on how to manage in an emergency, call Centrelink on 1800 132 594.

How you can help
Volunteers are essential during and after disasters. Find out about volunteering for disaster relief with Anglicare Australia Network members in Sydney and surrounding areas, or NSW South, NSW West and ACT.

Anglicare Australia Network members are collecting donations for emergency relief to help those who have been affected by the bushfires. Appeals are being run in SydneyVictoria and NSW South, NSW West and ACT.

We also encourage donations to volunteer firefighters in Victoria, Queensland, South Australia, NSW and the ACT.

Finally, please be mindful when making donations of goods. These can be difficult to sort, store and transport. If you are thinking of making a donation of goods, we encourage you to make contact beforehand to ensure the goods are useful and needed.