The Indigenous Land and Sea Corporation (ILSC) has established an emergency response grant for any Indigenous corporation whose property has been directly affected by the recent bushfires. A grant of up to $20,000 will be available to assist Indigenous corporations to immediately secure and clean up damaged properties.
The ILSC will also make available a grant to assist Indigenous land management groups and contractors assisting the vital recovery efforts with much needed equipment.
The ACTU Bushfire Relief Fund has been established to especially provide support to union members who may need support beyond that available generally.
To qualify for assistance, a member needs to show that they have lost income as a result of fires and have been unable to receive adequate compensation from other sources or have otherwise experienced severe financial hardship as a result of the fires.
To apply for assistance on behalf of a member, affiliated unions are invited to complete this form.
The ACTU will only contact members to arrange transfer of funds if the application is successful.
ANU have made additional funding available to students who have been directly affected by the bushfires this summer. They will provide up to $2,000 to help affected students with upfront expenses, including accommodation, laptops, study materials, personal essentials and travel to and from home.
If you are affected and live on campus or have applied to live on campus, they may also be able to help you with an early move-in.
For advice on the, please call 135 268 or email firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject "Bushfire Support Bursary".
If you have been impacted by these bushfires, the ATO doesn't want you to be concerned about your tax affairs. Now is the time for you, your family and community. They will help you sort out your tax affairs later.
For identified impacted postcodes, the ATO will automatically grant deferrals for lodgements and payments due. You, or your agent, don't need to apply for these deferrals.
Taxpayers in impacted postcodes will now have until May 28, 2020 to lodge and pay business activity statements and income tax returns.
Businesses that pay their Pay-As-You-Go Installments quarterly are also allowed to vary these installments to zero for the December 2019 quarter and claim a refund for any installments made in the September 2019 quarter.
An online version of the Bushfire Relief Fund Request form that pastors can use to request funds for their bushfire affected churches and communities. The funds collected for the bushfire response appeal will be used to support bushfire families in hardship with personal and family living needs.
Some examples include:
Vouchers for purchasing groceries and personal care expenses (e.g. clothing etc)
Vouchers for purchasing fuel
Payment of medical expenses or mental health expenses (e.g. counselling) which are not able to be covered by Medicare or private health cover.
Funds are not to be distributed as cash. Funds will be disbursed through local Baptist churches who will be able to identify local people who are in need because of the bushfire.