Bushfire assistance: Vinnies Emergency Relief Fund payment

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Following the devastating bushfires on the NSW South Coast, a range of financial assistance has been made available to help with recovery in the Shoalhaven and Eurobodalla. 

Vinnies is committed to helping those affected by the bushfires as they rebuild their lives, homes and businesses.

As well as providing relief through the Vinnies Bushfire Appeal and their everyday community services, Vinnies is distributing Emergency Relief Fund (ERF) payments on behalf of the Australian Government.


You may be eligible for a $1,000 ERF payment if:

  • You live or work in a bushfire-affected postcode listed by the government
  • You are over 18 years old
  • You are at imminent risk of being unable to pay a bill
  • No person in your household has received an Australian Government Emergency Relief Fund payment from another charity since 1 January 2020.

Further information about ERF payments can be found here.

Applications can be made by completing the online application form.

If you do not meet the criteria, but would like assistance from Vinnies, please call 131812.

For information on personal hardship and distress assistance, contact the Disaster Welfare Assistance Line on 1800 018 444.