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Disaster Response and Recovery

In an emergency, we all need someone to turn to. Help Red Cross be there.

Your donation to the Disaster Response and Recovery Fund powers the work of Red Cross emergency teams.

Whether it’s a bushfire, a flood, a cyclone or any other emergency, we’re here to help.

And we’re here for everyone – from the survivors to the firefighters.

That’s why we need you.

How does my donation help?

Donations to the Disaster Response and Recovery fund power the work of Red Cross emergency teams. 

Our emergency teams are experts in their field, staff and volunteers alike. Many of them have lived through emergencies themselves. 

With disasters increasing in size and frequency, it costs around $4 to $5 million each year to keep our teams in the field. We rely on donations for this work. 

Donations to the Disaster Response and Recovery fund enable Red Cross teams to do their work: preparing people for emergencies, providing comfort and care when they happen, and supporting them as they recover afterwards.  

Disaster Response and Recovery

Your donation means Red Cross can be there to help people during disasters and other emergencies in Australia. It enables us to prepare people, provide comfort and care during a disaster or emergency, and support recovery.


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Donations above $2 are tax-deductible in Australia. You will receive a receipt in your name in an email when you donate online.

Australian Red Cross will not deduct more than 10 per cent of money raised to cover indirect essential costs such as collecting and administrating donations, IT costs and overheads.

Should the funds raised exceed the cost of our emergency services, the excess will be used to support our everyday work with the most vulnerable people in Australia.

Thousands of generous people gave in response to the Black Summer bushfires. Perhaps you were one of them and already know how grateful we are.

Donations to the Disaster Response and Recovery fund before July 2019 have been supporting our response to the Australian Bushfires 2019/20. They are helping people affected by those particular fires: as grants that help them cope with financial hardship, repair their homes and re-establish a safe place to live, and through longer-term recovery programs in each community. See your generosity in action.

This is a fast-moving situation. Unfortunately, we don't know what the overall impact of this emergency will be. We will continue to update you as we receive information from staff and volunteers on the ground.

At the moment our priority is fatigue management, in order for staff and volunteers to continue providing comfort and psychological first aid to those affected. 

We'll continue to assess the situation and people's needs in the coming hours and days. 

We have opened the NSW floods appeal for donations to provide humanitarian support people affected by the floods.