Australian Fires – How You Can Help

If you are in a fire-affected area please look after the safety of yourself and your family, friends, neighbours and local community first.

At this time the best action you can take is to stop, listen to and follow the directions of trusted sources including authorities. They will let you know how to stay safe and what the best course of action is.

Volunteering is a very good way to help in times of need, but it’s important for you to be mindful. We appreciate all offers of assistance, but need to balance this with ensuring we are not overwhelming organisations who are already working to respond and begin to set up recovery operations.

Find out more about emergency volunteering

Volunteering

There is no formal request for additional volunteers for the bushfire emergency at this stage. The best thing you can do right now is register as an emergency volunteer so we have your details should there be an emerging need for additional capacity. Please be mindful that there is no guarantee we will contact you to volunteer, but having your details means we are prepared if the need arises. (If you are able to volunteer outside of the ACT, please make sure you tick the appropriate box when registering.)

If you’re interested in volunteering generally, you can search for roles on our website, where all of our 180 members advertise their volunteering roles.

Monetary Donations

Cash donations are the most effective way to help right now. If you would like to make a donation we encourage you to research the organisations running bushfire appeals. You can check if an organisation is a registered charity on the ACNC website.

GIVIT is currently seeking donations of gift cards. More information can be found on their website.

Donations of Goods

Please do not drop off donations to Relief/Evacuation Centres or affected areas, as this hampers recovery efforts. Instead head to GIVIT to pledge your donation for frontline charities to reserve when they are ready.

If you know anyone who would benefit from receiving donated goods from GIVIT please direct them to register with GIVIT online.

Further Information

We remind everyone to refer to trusted sources, including formally recognised emergency services agencies for information about the bushfire emergency. Their websites and social media channels will provide up-to-date information on the disaster situation, and what, if any, help is needed from the public.
In the ACT, the Emergency Services Agency is the best source of truth for up-to-date information on incidents impacting the Canberra Region. ESA also have information on how you can ensure you are bushfire ready.

For information on air quality in the ACT, please visit the ACT Health website.

Register to become an Emergency Volunteer