People who have lost homes in the 2019/2020 bushfire season can apply to Australian Red Cross for an emergency grant of $20,000. Red Cross has increased the emergency grant amount from $10,000 to $20,000 per household. If you have received a previous payment there is no need to re-apply, the Red Cross will contact you directly. Emergency grants are available across Australia to people whose primary place of residence has been destroyed or made uninhabitable by the fires since July 2019.
A $7,500 payment for people who were hospitalised for two (2) or more days as the direct result of physical injuries or mental health issues caused by the fires and are experiencing financial hardship as a result. Hospital admission needs to have occurred within two weeks of the bushfire starting.
Primary residence repair grant
A $5,000 payment for home owners whose homes have been structurally damaged and require repair to make them safe to live in. Home owners whose primary place of residence has not been destroyed but needs structural repairs (i.e. walls, ceilings, windows) to make it safe to return home. This grant is only available to those who are experiencing financial hardship.
Veterans impacted by the recent catastrophic bushfires may be eligible for relief funding of up to $10,000 from the RSL Foundation to go towards rebuilding or replacing their possessions. Eligible circumstances:
Damage or loss as a result of the 2019/20 bushfire season;
Loss must be provable and quantifiable; and
Loss must relate to your principal place of residence
Applications will close on 31st March 2020.