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Current disasters

There are no current disasters requiring a specific human and social recovery response.

A disaster declaration may be made when there are significant risks to human safety. In the case of a significant disaster, practical and financial assistance measures may be activated to support impacted households and communities.

If you are in an emergency situation but a disaster has not been declared, there is still immediate help available to you.

The emotional impact of disasters can still be felt long after the event. Read more about emotional support following a disaster.

Community Recovery Hotline

  • For assistance call 1800 173 349

'Declared' disasters

Based on:

  • the extent to which an emergency event impacts on the community, and
  • the extent of the damage caused,

the Premier or Minister may declare the event to be a disaster.

Once an emergency event has become a 'declared' disaster, grant schemes and other assistance programs may be activated.

If you are in an emergency situation and a disaster has not been declared, you can still find immediate help available to you.

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Last updated:
19 June 2014

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