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Timeline

Our timeline includes details on all announcements related to bushfire relief and recovery by Australian and State/Territory Governments. By including stand-alone and joint announcements, you can see a comprehensive picture of all help delivered by both levels of government.

Key dates

24 November 2020
NSW

Emergency Management Minister David Littleproud and NSW Deputy Premier John Barilaro announce deadline extension for Bushfire Local Economic Recovery fund applications.

24 November 2020
Vic

VIC Premier Daniel Andrews and VIC state Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio announce additional financial support to protect Victoria's vulnerable wilderness, restore the environment following bushfires, and improve visitor facilities.

17 November 2020
ACT, NSW, NT, QLD, SA, Tas, Vic, WA

National Bushfire Recovery Agency releases Journey to recovery, a document detailing the collaborative approach to recovery following the 2019–20 Black Summer bushfires.

13 November 2020
ACT, NSW, NT, QLD, SA, Tas, Vic, WA

Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Emergency Management Minister David Littleproud announce major reforms as part of the Australian Government’s response to the Royal Commission into National Natural Disaster Arrangements. As part of the response, a standing National Resilience, Relief and Recovery Agency will be established to support recovery from disasters and emergencies of national significance, and to build resilience.

02 November 2020
ACT, NSW, NT, QLD, SA, Tas, Vic, WA

Emergency Management Minister David Littleproud and Minister for Indigenous Australians Ken Wyatt announce $2 million for Indigenous fire and land management workshops as part of the Government's $200 million Wildlife and Bushfire Habitat Recovery fund. 

02 November 2020
NSW

Emergency Management Minister David Littleproud and NSW Deputy Premier John Barilaro announce $177 Million for 71 bushfire recovery projects in NSW through the Bushfire Local Economic Recovery (BLER) Fund.

22 October 2020
ACT, NSW, NT, QLD, SA, Tas, Vic, WA

Emergency Management Minister David Littleproud and Environment Minister Sussan Ley announce a $10 million grant program to help community groups, not-for-profits, and traditional owners take recovery actions to benefit their local environment.

22 October 2020
Vic

Minister David Littleproud and VIC Minister for Police and Emergency Services Lisa Neville announce the opening of the $68.6 million Local Economic Recovery program in East Gippsland and North East Victoria.

20 October 2020
Vic

VIC Premier Daniel Andrews announces over $4 million for Aboriginal communities to support the recovery of cultural heritage across Country and fund projects that can build community connection and resilience.

15 October 2020
NSW

Emergency Management Minister David Littleproud and NSW Acting Deputy Premier Paul Toole announce $250 million in funding to boost recovery in bushfire-affected communities through local projects supporting infrastructure and initiatives that drive economic and social recovery.

14 October 2020
ACT, NSW, NT, QLD, SA, Tas, Vic, WA

Health Minister Greg Hunt announces an increase to the number of Medicare-subsidised psychology sessions available to individuals, helping to ensure support is accessible across Australia, including in bushfire-affected areas.

14 October 2020
ACT, NSW, NT, QLD, SA, Tas, Vic, WA

Minister for Health Greg Hunt announces an increase to the number of Medicare-subsidised psychology sessions available to individuals in the 2020-21 Budget, helping to ensure support is accessible across Australia, including in bushfire-affected areas.