What is National Bushfire Recovery Fund?
The National Bushfire Recovery Fund is a new initiative to assist in rebuilding communities and livelihoods after the devastating fire-front has passed.
The Australian Government will establish a dedicated agency with an initial $2 billion for a recovery fund to coordinate a national response and help rebuild communities.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the National Bushfire Recovery Agency would be funded to ensure the families, farmers and business owners hit by these unprecedented bushfires would get the support they needed as they recover.
Priorities will include: primary producer grants for restocking, replanting and fencing, additional support for small businesses, grants to bushfire affected Local Government Areas, a mental health package for first responders and communities, support to attract tourists back to the regions, infrastructure projects to support economic, community and industry recovery and resilience, and measures to support the environment and native wildlife.
The Agency is led by Mr Andrew Colvin, APM, OAM, former Commissioner of the Australian Federal Police, who will report to the Prime Minister through the Minister for Emergency Management, David Littleproud MP.
The National Bushfire Recovery Agency will oversee a National Bushfire Recovery Fund which will support all recovery efforts across Australia over the next two years.
The Agency’s key tasks include:
- Build on the effective working relationships with state, territory and local governments, including their recovery and reconstruction bodies, and to work with stakeholders in bushfire affected communities, and relevant Commonwealth agencies to inform and integrate recovery and rebuild activities
- Ensuring affected communities have ready access to meaningful support and all available services
- Providing advice and recommendations to Government on the economic and social impacts of bushfire on affected communities, in consultation with relevant agencies across all levels of government;
- Developing and coordinating the delivery of a long-term plan for the recovery, rebuild and resilience of bushfire affected communities
An initial $2 billion has been allocated to this fund.
The funding is in addition to funding available under existing natural disaster support mechanisms.