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How You Can Help Support Bushfire Recovery Activities factsheet

Donations

The domestic and international help from individuals, groups, and organisations has been enormous and is appreciated by bushfire-affected communities.

To help services deal effectively with recovery where it is needed, the Government asks that donations be in the form of financial assistance only. Coordination services have been overwhelmed with the volume of goods and services coming in.

Further along in the recovery, 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.

If you wish to donate to bushfire recovery efforts, we recommend you check:

Charities

The National Bushfire Recovery Agency publishes a list provided by the Australian Treasury, Australian Taxation Office (ATO) and the ACNC of registered charities contributing to bushfire recovey efforts.

These charities accept tax deductible donations.

www.bushfirerecovery.gov.au/offers-help/registered-bushfire-charities

Some charities with a national reach include:

Volunteering

If you would like to volunteer, please contact the volunteering peak bodies in your area.

Volunteering Australia provides information for prospective volunteers 

Wildlife

If you come across injured or orphaned wildlife, follow the advice of registered wildlife carer organisations.

If it is safe to do so, wrap the injured animal loosely in 100 per cent cotton fabric and place gently in a ventilated box. Then contact your nearest veterinarian or wildlife carer organisation.

Practical ways you can ease the stress on wildlife, regardless of whether you’re in a fire-affected area, includes leaving water dishes and buckets around your garden or property in shaded areas, and keeping domestic pets away from native animals.

State and territory contact details for injured wildlife are:

Australian Capital Territory

RSPCA ACT on (02) 6287 8100 (business hours)

ACT Wildlife on 0432 300 033 (24 hours)

For injured kangaroos call 13 22 81

New South Wales

WIRES (Wildlife Information Rescue and Education Service) on 1300 094 737

NSW Wildlife Council has a list of wildlife rescue groups in NSW

Northern Territory

Wildcare or 08 89 886 121 or 0408 885 341

Ark Aid

Northern Territory Government 

Queensland

RSPCA Queensland on 1300 264 625

Wildcare Australia on 07 5527 2444

South Australia

RSPCA SA on 1300 477 722

Fauna Rescue on 08 8289 0896

Tasmania

Wildlife Management Branch on 1300 827 727

Victoria

Wildlife Victoria on 03 8400 7300

Western Australia

Wildcare on 08 9474 9055

Bushfire rebuild portal in NSW

The NSW Government has established a portal to connect individuals and businesses who can deliver goods and services to bushfire-affected communities.

The portal assists buyers to give first preference to local suppliers based in affected regions, aiding local economic recovery.

Go to https://tenders.nsw.gov.au/?event=public.scheme.show&RFTUUID=B9A30F09-99... or call 1800 679 289 for more information.

Bushfire recovery scams

There are a range of appeals raising funds for people and animals affected by the bushfires. Unfortunately, some of these are scams. Read more about identifying and reporting scams on our Fraud and scams page.

Key contacts

National

Contact name Contact number
Foundation for National Parks & Wildlife 1800 898 626
Wildlife Rescue 1300 596 457

NSW

Contact name Contact number
NSW Disaster Welfare Services Line 1800 018 444
Wires Wildlife Rescue 1300 094 737
Sydney Wildlife (02) 9413 4300
Rebuild Tender Portal 1800 679 289

VIC

Contact name Contact number
Wildlife Victoria (03) 8400 7300

SA

Contact name Contact number
RSPCA SA 1300 477 722
Fauna Rescue (08) 8289 0896

WA

Contact name Contact number
Wildcare (08) 9474 9055

ACT

Contact name Contact number
RSPCA ACT (02) 6287 8100
ACT Wildlife 0432 300 033
Injured Kangaroos 13 22 81
Wildcare Queanbeyan (02) 6299 1966

QLD

Contact name Contact number
RSPCA QLD 1300 264 625
Wildcare Australia (07) 5527 2444

TAS

Contact name Contact number
Wildlife Management Branch 1300 827 727

NT

Contact name Contact number
Wildcare (08) 89 886 121