The Australian Government is thankful for the ongoing offers of help to assist in the bushfire recovery response. The continued generosity from individuals, groups, organisations and domestic and global communities has improved the bushfire recovery effort.
- Donations and charities
- How to donate
- Bushfire-affected communities rebuild portal (New South Wales)
- Bushfires and scams
To help services deal effectively and efficiently with the on-ground recovery the Government is asking that donations be in the form of financial assistance only. The response has been so great, coordination services are struggling to manage the volume of goods and materials coming in.
If you are a registered charity with tax deductible gift recipient (DGR) status working to support bushfire relief and recovery efforts, and do not appear on the list, you should contact Treasury.
Please see this list of contact details for charities that are able to accept tax deductible donations and are working to support bushfire relief or recovery efforts.
This list has been provided by the Australian Treasury, Australian Taxation Office (ATO) and the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) and will be progressively updated.
For a donation to be tax deductible it must be made to a deductible gift recipient – an organisation or fund that can receive tax deductible gifts. To check that the charity or DGR is legitimate, you can:
- search the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) charity register to confirm the charity is registered.
- search the ABN Lookup: Deductible gift recipients to confirm they have DGR status.
For more information see the ATO’s information about donations to help disaster victims.
Further along in the relief effort charities and support services may indicate that they are in a better position to receive donations of household goods and each organisation will make this known to communities.
NSW Government has established a portal to connect individuals and businesses who can deliver goods and services to bushfire affected communities. The purpose of this portal is to connect buyers with regional suppliers and vice versa.
The portal will assist buyers to give first preference to local suppliers based in affected regions—aiding local economic recovery.
Read more about the rebuild portal on the NSW Government website or call 1800 679 289.
There are currently a wide range of appeals raising funds for people and animals affected by the bushfires. Unfortunately, some of these are scams. Please see Bushfires and Scams on the ACCC website for further information.
The ACCC has also set up a dedicated phone number for the public to report bushfire related scams. People can call 1300 795 995 to report these scams.
If you would like to volunteer, please contact the volunteering peak bodies in your area:
|ACT||Volunteering ACT||(02) 6251 4060|
|NSW||The Centre for Volunteering||(02) 9261 3600|
|QLD||Volunteering Queensland||(07) 3002 7600|
|SA and NT||Volunteering SA&NT||(08) 8221 7177|
|TAS||Volunteering Tasmania||(03) 6231 5550|
|VIC||Volunteering Victoria||(03) 8327 8500|
|WA||Volunteering WA||(08) 9482 4333|