This section looks at some of the important ways you can help during an emergency.

2019-2020 Bushfire volunteer response

Victorian communities are being devastated by fires and our hearts go out to the people and animals affected.

During the current bushfire disaster, community members in Victoria, around Australia and internationally want to get in and help.

What families and wildlife rescue organisations need most is monetary donations.

We urge you to make donations to the Victorian Bushfire Appeal and 100% of donated funds will go directly to communities in need.

Organisations supporting those who have been affected by bushfire have received very generous donations of food and clothing but no longer have space to sort or store donations.

If you wish to volunteer your time, please consider the information outlined below.  

Get involved early

The best thing to do is get involved with a local volunteer-based organisation well before a disaster strikes. That way you will already have all the necessary background checks as well as a membership with the volunteering group.

Local councils often rely on established volunteer-based organisations that can support and coordinate their own volunteers for relief and recovery efforts.

Become an emergency services volunteer

In an emergency, only trained volunteers who are already members of an organisation are called to hand. Some services respond during an emergency to protect people and property, while others need trained volunteers to assist in relief centres.

Get involved with an Emergency Services organisation and gain the experience, training and essential skills required.

Donations and fundraising

If you are not already involved in a local volunteer organisation, making a cash donation to an official appeal or to a registered charity is the best way to help out.

Other ways to help

  • Do not travel to affected areas - it may still be unsafe for you to do so.
  • Do not call the local council - they are busy coordinating immediate relief for their community.