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Bushfire Response and Recovery

Bushfire Response and Recovery

For those affected by the bushfire disaster, The Salvos are here to help on the road to recovery.

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Bushfire response and recovery

The Black Summer bushfire disaster is having a long-lasting impact on Australian communities. As we move forward together to recover from the devastation, the Salvos are providing help to those in need.

As council permits get approved and land clearing is mostly completed, many in communities impacted by the bushfires of 2019-2020 are preparing for the next stage of recovery – rebuilding. But recovery is about more than rebuilding homes, it’s about rebuilding lives.

The Salvation Army is continuing to provide practical and emotional support to affected individuals and families as they reach different stages in their personal recovery journeys.

Supporting every step of the journey to recovery

For those impacted by the devastating bushfires, recovery has been an ongoing journey that, for many, has only just begun.

Responding to the needs of people impacted by disaster is a long-term commitment that requires different approaches at different phases of recovery. The Salvation Army is active throughout the four major recovery phases:

Activating at evacuation and recovery centres during and in the immediate aftermath of the disaster, Salvation Army Emergency Services (SAES), rural chaplains and local Salvos met the immediate needs of those impacted. In this phase food, water, shelter and medicine, were a priority. Salvos were also providing emotional and spiritual support to people during that stressful time.

After the initial emergency settles down, impacted people have time to assess the damage to their homes and livelihoods. Finding temporary stable accommodation and adjusting to a ‘new normal’ happens in this phase.

The Salvation Army assessed and provided up to $18 million in direct financial assistance during this phase to assist people in early recovery to cover expenses such as living costs and the extensive clean-up of their properties.

Medium to long-term recovery is the phase many people are now in. At this stage the work of building permanent structures begins as council permits get approved and the initial shock of the disaster eases.

Medium to long-term recovery is when people require further financial assistance, while for others it is the first time they will reach out for help. The Salvation Army has provided around $16 million dollars in direct financial assistance so far for this significant recovery phase.

Community development helps to build a more resilient community for the future. It is an opportunity to improve on the ‘normal’ and helps strengthen the social, economic and structural aspects of impacted towns. Local Salvos are active participants in community consultation to support recovery needs, help map out a way forward and by investing in local initiatives to restore vibrant communities.

Need assistance?

In collaboration with state and local governments, we are providing a range of services and assistance measures – including financial assistance, emotional support and referrals to help people and communities across Australia that have been impacted by disasters.

If you need help, please contact our team on:
Email –
Phone – 1300 662 217


For more information on how we provide help and support during disasters and emergencies please see our FAQ page.

Bushfire recovery grants available

The Salvation Army is providing financial grants to assist people in fire-affected areas. These grants can help people:

  • Experiencing financial hardship
  • In the process of rebuilding
  • Through education and workplace pathways
  • To replace lost furniture, household items and tools

Impacted by the fires? Learn more about our bushfire recovery grants

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