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Pitcher Partners JobKeeper webinar series

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Member webinar: Governing for Rights and Quality

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Bushfire Information and Support

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NDS sends its thoughts to everyone impacted by the Australian bushfires.

When natural disasters strike, providers can face unusual circumstances impacting their ability to deliver services or requiring specific action to maintain client safety.

Please keep us informed about any particular issues impacting on your ability to deliver services so that we may assist in resolving them.

We urge members in fire-affected areas to keep abreast of fire information:

The ABC has a large amount of information and resources nationwide, and local radio stations will be updated with the latest information. ABC Emergency has a number of resources, including emergency planning for bushfires.  

Incidents and warnings - RFS website
Fire map -  RFS Fires Near Me map

Bush Fire Information Line: 1800 679 737
Evacuation centres - Office of Emergency Management

Air quality - NSW Dept. of Environment

Incidents and warnings - Country Fire Service

Bushfire Information Hotline: 1800 362 361
Relief and recovery information - DHS South Australia

Air quality - EPA South Australia

Incidents and warnings - VicEmergency
Relief and recovery information - VicEmergency

Air quality - EPA AirWatch

Incidents and warnings - RFS website
Fire map - Map of current fires

Air quality - Qld Dept. of Environment and Science

Incidents and warnings - ACT Fire and Rescue
NSW fire incidents and warnings - RFS website / RFS Fires Near Me map

Air quality - ACT Health
Advice for employers and workers about air quality - WorkSafe ACT 

Incidents and warnings - Emergency WA
Safety information & recovery - Department of Fire and Emergency Services (WA)

Air quality - WA Dept. Water and Environmental Regulation

Incidents and warnings - TasALERT
Fire map - Tasmanian Fire Service

Air quality - EPA Tasmania or download the AirRater app

Incidents and warnings - Northern Territory Fire and Rescue Service

Air quality - Northern Territory EPA

The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) has advice for providers and participants relating to the NDIS and disaster response (including easy read documents) on its website.  You can also keep up-to-date with the latest NDIA news and information here.

As at 9 January 2020, advice to providers from NDIA is:

If you are a provider and have been contacted to deliver services to a participant immediately before, during or after the emergency.

  • The priority is to ensure that disability supports meet the immediate needs of NDIS participants.
  • The NDIA understands that disaster events can affect service delivery requirements and generate unplanned costs.
  • The NDIA can make changes to participants’ budgets through the unscheduled plan review process, so that expenses incurred in the delivery of disability supports can be claimed on the basis of changed circumstances.
  • Please deliver the services required and following the disaster contact the Contact Centre on 1800 800 110 or  and include Natural Disaster in the subject line. The NDIA will arrange for an urgent plan review post the disaster event.
  • Providers delivering Support Coordination or other essential supports should continue to provide services and claim, but should assist the participant in arranging a plan review by contacting the Contact Centre on 1800 800 110.

The National Bushfire Recovery Agency website has information for small business and primary producers and families and individuals, particularly about financal and mental health assistance.

The Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) has created an information portal for smal and medium businesses affected by the bushfires.  There is helpful information relating to financial, grants, insurance, mental health support, tax, tourism etc. 

Other Financial assistance and advice is also available on the National Debt Helpline, which is staffed by financial counsellors and can be contacted on 1800 007 007.  Further, rural financial counsellors work with non-agriculture related small businesses (as well as farmers, offering free and independent financial support to primary producers ). The Rural Financial Counselling Service can be contacted on 1300 735 578.  The ACCI bushfire portal also has financial information for businesses. 

People in bushfire affected regions may be able to access Disaster Payments from Centrelink. More information is available on the Human Services website.  The Australian Red Cross also has emergency grants available.  The ACCI bushfire portal has information about grants and other financial support available to Australian businesses.

Anyone needing legal advice can contact the Australian Government Disaster Assist.

Information about insurance is available through:

There are a number of resources available to help with understanding the bushfires and their impact.  The best resources for you may be available through your local networks - here are just a few that we've found: 

If you would like to make a donation, you can do so locally to charities in your state or territory for example, the Community Enterprise Foundation Bushfire Disaster Appeal in Victoria.  Nationally, you can donate to the Australian Red Cross Bushfire Disaster Relief and Recovery, The Salvation Army Disaster Appeal, and First Nations Communities Fire relief fund. Many relief agencies ask people not to donate material goods.

Please be aware that there are reports of scammers collecting fraudulantly door-to-door.  The National Bushfire Recovery Agency website has information abour charities, scams and ways to volunteer.

News Updates:

NDIA bushfire information support and update



The NDIA today released a news update providing advice on office closures, emergency support and support after an emergency.
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Bushfire safety resources for each state and territory


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With live bushfires in almost every state and territory, this year’s season is unprecedented on many fronts. We urge NDS members to take care over the holiday period and in the continuing bushfire season.
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