Thousands of people have been impacted, including many disabled people, by the bushfires burning throughout Victoria and the rest of the country.

The disability community can be particularly vulnerable during bushfires due to a lack of accessible information, emergency housing, vital equipment and many other factors. 

Below are some useful resources for disabled Victorians who are impacted by the bushfires.

Bushfire resources for Victorians with disability

Protecting your health when it's smoky outside

Accessible emergency accommodation

Accessible guides for staying safe in a bushfire

NDIS and disability supports

  • The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) has information for participants affected by bushfires on their website. Click here for NDIS bushfire information and support.
  • Anyone who needs assistance with their NDIS supports can call 1800 800 110 from 8am - 8pm (Monday to Friday) this week.
  • NDIS participants impacted by the bushfires are being prioritised so that they continue to receive disability supports, including any additional supports such as replacing equipment, additional care or therapies.

Emergency payments from Services Australia (Centrelink)

  • Australians who have been impacted by bushfires in declared regions can claim disaster payments through Services Australia (Centrelink)
  • To find out more about how to apply for an emergency payment in Victoria visit the Australian Governments Victorian Bushfires webpage. You can also call 180 22 66

Disability organisations you can contact for support

  • IDEAS Disability Information has information officers available to help people with disability impacted by the fires. You can send them a message or free call 1800 029 904. They can provide information about the latest bushfire help, emergency payments, accessibility accommodation and more.
  • Gippsland Disability Advocacy Inc. is currently at the relief centre in Bairnsdale. They are supporting people with disability who have been impacted by the Gippsland bushfires. They are making sure that people with disability get the information and referrals they need and that their voices are heard.

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Stay safe, and look out for each other.

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