How else you can help
Can I volunteer for disaster relief work?
Australian Red Cross is not calling for additional volunteers at this time. If we identify a specific need for more volunteers we will make a public call.
Australian Red Cross recruits and trains volunteers for emergency situations just like this one. These volunteers have been mobilised and are currently assisting in the Red Cross response.
If you want to get involved in future Red Cross emergency responses, please visit the 'Become a volunteer' and complete the online registration form.
Can I donate goods?
Red Cross understands people may have a strong desire to donate items. While this generosity is appreciated, our experience with emergency recovery has shown that affected communities recover sooner when they can make their own choices. This includes choosing and purchasing goods to help put their lives back together again rather than being given goods.
Another benefit of allowing those affected to choose their own purchases is that money is being put back into the community to stimulate local businesses, an important part of the local economic recovery.
Red Cross is unable to accept offers of goods such as food and second hand clothes; however, we appreciate and accept donations of clothing through our retail store network to support the broader everyday work of Red Cross. To find out what the needs are across Australia, contact your local Red Cross Shop.