Richmond Vale bushfires declared eligible for disaster funding

Richmond Vale bushfires declared eligible for disaster funding


The bushfires that struck Richmond Vale in September 2017 have now been recognised as a significant natural disaster. This move means a range of support opportunities are now available for those that had been impacted by the catastrophic event.

The joint Australian, state and territory governments’ Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA) provide a range of financial assistance for areas impacted by natural disasters.

For the bushfire which commenced on 13 September 2017, the available assistance measures include:

  • personal hardship and distress assistance
  • restoration of essential public assets
  • counter disaster operations
  • concessional loans for small businesses, primary producers and voluntary non-profit organisations
  • freight subsidies for primary producers
  • grants for voluntary non-profit organisations.

In addition, clean-up and recovery grants may be made available to assist businesses, including farm businesses, to resume trading as soon as possible. The grants may be used for clean-up activities, replacement of damaged equipment and stock and other general repairs.

The Natural Disaster Relief Scheme assists communities and individuals directly affected by flood, fire, storm damage or any other declared natural disaster.

Concessional interest rate loans and/or interest rate subsidies may be available to small businesses or primary producers who saw a significant loss of income and/or whose assets have been significantly damaged as a direct result of the declared bushfire. The principal loan amount is up to $100,000 to any one eligible applicant.


Other support and more information

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade will replace passports that have been lost or damaged in declared natural disasters free of charge, visit the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade website.​

To report damage following a severe weather event Primary Producers are encouraged to contact their closest Local Land Services (LLS) office or telephone on 1300 795 299.

For further information on recovery arrangements, visit the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements page.

For information on available recovery assistance, visit the Emergency NSW website or use the direct links below:


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