NSW Rural Assistance Authority (RAA)
Programs and services
- BlazeAid – Working alongside rural communities, this volunteer-based organisation helps rebuild fences and other structures that are damaged or destroyed in bushfires.
- Rural Adversity Mental Health Program – Connects people living in regional, rural and remote NSW with local mental health services and resources.
- Rural Financial Counselling Service – Counsellors provide individual support to primary producers who are experiencing, or are at risk of, financial hardship. The service is free and confidential.
- Rural Resilience Program – Helping build resilience by linking rural communities, families and individuals with the most appropriate services and information.
The Rural and Regional Enterprise Scholarships Program supports students with the costs of studying at university or at a vocational education and training institution. The scholarships are valued at up to $18,000.
Special consideration will be given to students from bushfire-affected communities. Contact QTAC on 1800 290 979 or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you're having difficulty developing or submitting an application due to the fires.
Potable water systems
There are 2 types of assistance available for replacement of potable water:
- replacement of potable water used for firefighting
- clean-up and refilling of potable water systems contaminated by fire retardant chemicals.
Replacement of potable water used for firefighting
If you are not connected to town water supplies and your residential potable water was taken by firefighting agencies for firefighting activities during a declared natural disaster, you can apply for assistance to replace the water taken.
NSW Public Works Advisory can arrange for an equivalent amount of water to be delivered to your property (up to 20,000 litres). If you have already replenished your water supply, you may be eligible for reimbursement of the costs of one delivery of water up to a maximum of 20,000 litres.
Clean-up and refilling of potable water systems contaminated by fire retardant chemicals
If are not connected to town water supplies and your residential potable water system was contaminated by fire retardant chemicals dropped or sprayed by firefighting agencies during a declared natural disaster, you can apply for assistance to clean and refill these systems.
NSW Public Works Advisory can arrange for qualified service providers to undertake the cleaning and refilling of your potable water system.
Office of Local Government
The Office of Local Government (OLG) is liaising between bushfire-impacted councils that need assistance, and councils that have the capacity to help.
They have teamed up with the City of Sydney, Sydney Resilience Office and Local Government NSW, to establish the Local Government Bushfire Recovery Support Group.
The Recovery Support Group is maintaining a register of all offers of support from LGAs across NSW. The aim of the Register is to provide one central location for local councils to access and track the availability of:
- relief staff
- plants and assets.