Australian Bushfires | How to Help

Updated: Jan 6, 2020



A state of disaster has been declared for six local government areas and three alpine resorts in Victoria, and a state of emergency has been declared in NSW. [date of statement: 04.01.20]


Many people at this time will be looking at what they can do to help.


The following is a brief list of organisations and individuals that can easily be supported no matter where you are in the world.




WHERE ARE THE FIRES?

If you are concerned about the locations of incidents please click on the image above or click here to be taken to the My Fire Watch website.


Landgate maintain and update the data collated on the My Fire Watch website.




WHAT CAN I DO?



HELP THE FIREFIGHTERS




State Fire Services

Donations can be made to the state-funded rural fire services. Some states allow pledges to individual brigades.


Victoria: CFA


NSW: RFS 


South Australia: CFS Foundation


Queensland: RFBAQ



New South Wales

Donations to the NSW Rural Fire Service directly benefit the volunteer firefighters on the frontline. To help, you can contact your local brigade directly or donate here.

You can also donate to the young families of Geoffrey Keaton and Andrew O’Dwyer, who were killed during the Green Wattle Creek fire, and Samuel McPaul, who was killed at the Green Valley fireground, here.



Victoria

For those interested in supporting the efforts of Victorian firefighters, you can donate to the state’s Country Fire Association here.


Families of fallen Firefighters

The NSW RFS has established official funds for the young families of Samuel McPaul, Geoffrey Keaton and Andrew O'Dwyer, who lost their lives battling fires this season.


HELP THE WILDLIFE



Sydney University have estimated more than 480 million animals have died in Australia since September, as a result of the bushfires.


WIRES

To help the NSW wildlife victims, you can donate to the NSW Wildlife Information, Rescue and Education Service (WIRES) here.


Port Macquarie Koala Hospital

More than 2000 koalas are feared to have perished in NSW since September.

The Port Macquarie Koala Hospital have raised more than $2 million for the wildlife affected in that area, with the initial aim of using the money to distribute automatic drinking stations in the burnt areas to help in koala and wildlife survival.


The organisation are now sharing the funds with other wildlife organisations in the fire affected regions across NSW. You can donate here.


NSW Wildlife Information, Rescue and Education Service (WIRES) say they received more than 20,000 calls in December alone, up 14 per cent. Donate here


Mogo Zoo and the Port Macquarie Koala Hospital have both set up GoFundMe pages, raising $50,000 and $3.1 million respectively.  Donate to Mogo Zoo Fire Recovery or Port Macquarie Koala Hospital on GoFundMe.com.



HELP THOSE AFFECTED




Victorian Bushfire Appeal