Red Cross National Emergency Services Manager Andrew Coghlan said Australians responded with unparalleled generosity in the face of the widespread losses.
“We have been regularly reporting on how the donations have been used, in line with our commitment to donor transparency. There have also been independent reviews by the charity regulator and Natural Disasters Royal commission, which both reported favourably on our work,” Mr Coghlan said.
“We continue to recognise the strength and resilience of those who endured the worst bushfire season on record. We stand with them as they grieve for what was lost, and as they walk the long journey to rebuilding their lives. We also recognise the many donors and emergency services workers, including 3,351 Red Cross people, who gave so much to the relief and recovery effort.
“Our latest update shows we have given out 13,260 financial assistance grants and continue to support affected communities, with a network of recovery officers in the worst-affected communities. Our long experience in disasters shows us that recovery can take a very long time, and well after the cameras and the world’s attention moves on, we remain on the ground, working to support communities’ aspirations.”
The report shows that as at 30 June 2021:
The Disaster Relief and Recovery Fund was independently audited by Deloitte, as part of the Australian Red Cross FY19/20 annual report. The audited financial statements are available at redcross.org.au/annualreports.
Mr Coghlan said that in addition, Red Cross emailed a survey to people who received a Red Cross bushfire grant 606 people responded.
The 18 month report is available here.
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