The Volunteer Firefighter Payment is available for eligible volunteer firefighters who are self-employed or employed by small and medium businesses and have lost income due to being called out for more than 10 days since 1 July 2019.
Payments of up to $300 per day, with a total cap of $6,000, will be available in the 2019-2020 financial year. The payments are tax-free and are not means-tested.
To be eligible you must be a volunteer firefighter who has lost income and:
- is registered with the NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) or NSW State Emergency Service (SES)
- has been volunteering as part of an operational response to bushfires for more than 10 days since July 1 2019. The days do not need to be consecutive. This can include reasonable travel and recovery time but does not include training or participating in non-emergency operations (for example, hazard reduction burns)
- is self-employed or employed by a small or medium business (a business with an annual turnover of less than $50 million in the 2018-2019 financial year)
For more information or to apply for the Volunteer Firefighter Payment go to the Service NSW website or call 137788.
For information on personal hardship and distress assistance, contact the Disaster Welfare Assistance Line on 1800 018 444.