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SA Bushfire Appeal funds start flowing to our communities in need

2020-01-28

Generous donations from the community and businesses to the SA Bushfire Appeal are now flowing directly to people affected by the devastating Kangaroo Island and Adelaide Hills bushfires.

From these donations, the release of up to $2 million is being fast-tracked to people who have lost their homes. Payments will start being processed from this week.

This Appeal relief is in additional to the numerous State and Federal Government grants available for people affected by the fires.

To date, more than $4.5 million has been raised in the Appeal, set up by the State Government - with 100 per cent of donations going directly to people who have lost their homes and livelihoods.

Initial recovery payments have been approved for those most significantly impacted by the disaster, including:

  • $20,000 to the family of people who died in the fires
  • $10,000 to individuals seriously injured in the fires
  • $10,000 to each household that has lost their home, with an additional $1000 per child in each household.

The initial recovery payments offer immediate financial relief, with further funds to be made available based on donations to the appeal. Individuals and families who receive initial recovery payments will still be eligible for further payments from the SA Bushfire Appeal, depending on how much money is raised.

All South Australians impacted by the Adelaide Hills and Kangaroo Island fires are encouraged to apply now online to receive their payment.

A committee, including representatives from communities directly impacted by the fires, determines the distribution of the funds.

The State Government is absorbing all administration costs for the fund.

Tax-deductable donations can still be made to the SA Bushfire Appeal online, via cheque, in person at any Commonwealth Bank branch, or via the SA Bushfire Appeal Facebook page

Page last updated : 28 Jan 2020

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