Bushfires – how to help those in need

We acknowledge and thank all the volunteers who are working to protect our country, including the firefighters on the frontline and those volunteers working behind the scenes.

We remind everyone there has been no formal call for additional volunteers to help at this time.

The best way to offer practical help is to register your details on the Emergency Volunteering website.  Volunteering Tasmania is one of the partners of the Government and we have responsibility for coordinating spontaneous volunteers should the need arise.

If your organisation needs ad hoc volunteers to assist after the bushfire emergency, please contact us to find out how we can put you in touch with those available to help.

For those wanting to assist  people and families here or on the mainland, we remind you that agencies have stated that non-monetary items are difficult at this time. Sorting through and distributing donated goods is time consuming and takes resources away from the outreach services needed by the community affected by the fires. An organisation called GIVIT is coordinating all donations of goods, ensuring your generosity reaches the right people at the right time. By listing your items online with GIVIT, charities and registered service organisations supporting the people affected by the fires will be able to see what you have available and contact you when they know where it needs to go. Learn more here.

Monetary Donations can be made here:

Australian Red Cross
You can also donate to the Red Cross Disaster Relief and Recovery by calling 1800 811 700 or making a donation online

The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army launched The Bushfire Disaster Appeal to allow Australians to support the communities affected.

If you are interested in knowing more about post emergency volunteering you can always register your interest online any time of the year.  You will then be contacted if and when councils and or agencies need additional support in your area. Learn more here: