Australia: Victorian bushfire appeal now closed

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Sincere thanks to those who gave

In February Australians came together in an unprecedented display of support. The Appeal, which has now closed, has raised over $300 million. We join families and communities affected in thanking you for the generosity you have shown. In difficult financial times, you have been selfless in your giving. You have truly demonstrated the power of humanity.

Your donations are reaching people in need

Your donations are helping families to farewell their loved ones with dignity, they are helping survivors to find shelter and comfort and to begin the process of rebuilding their lives, homes and communities. This is a huge task that will take some time.

The roles of Red Cross, the Victorian Government and the Independent Panel

The donations you made through Red Cross are now being distributed by the Victorian Government under the oversight of an Independent Advisory Panel made up of community leaders.

Please finalise your fundraising efforts

If you have held a fundraising event will need to send the money to us by June 30. You can send a cheque (made out to Victorian Bushfire Appeal, to GPO Box 2957 Melbourne VIC 8060), or phone 1800 811 700. If you have planned an event that is yet to take place, please contact us on 1800 811 700 before proceeding.

Accessing assistance

Each and every dollar will help individuals and communities recover. Please visit to find out how your donation is making a difference or call the Department of Human Services on 1800 180 213 to find out how you can access assistance.