Victorian Bushfire Emergency

The 2019/2020 Victorian Bushfire Emergency is currently affecting communities across the state. We will continue to keep you updated on our efforts to support communities affected by bushfires.

Victorian Bushfire Appeal

The Victorian Government has partnered with Bendigo Bank and The Salvation Army to establish the Victorian Bushfire Appeal. 100 per cent of donated funds will go directly to communities in need.

Donations to the Victorian Bushfire Appeal can be made online at Community Enterprise Foundation or at any Bendigo Bank branch.

To donate online, please visit:

How we are providing support to affected communities

We are currently liaising with councils in the impacted areas to see how we can best provide support, including the provision of municipal building surveyors, environmental health officers and emergency management liaisons.

Council is also working with the Municipal Association of Victoria on how we can best assist the bushfire affected communities, including provision of support personnel and resources.

We will continue to keep you updated on our efforts to support communities affected by bushfires.

Impact on air quality

Due to smoke blowing in from the Victorian bushfires, air quality across Melbourne may be affected. Keep up-to-date with local advice and air quality ratings with the EPA Airwatch.

For more information on smoke and your health, please visit:

Keeping safe

If you are driving or travelling within Australia, make sure you’re aware of the conditions before you leave home.

You can stay informed while travelling by:

  • listening to Victoria’s emergency broadcasters, including ABC Local Radio and Sky News television, along with select community radio stations and commercial radio stations; and
  • by downloading the latest version of the VicEmergency app.

Weather: a reminder to monitor the Bureau of Meteorology’s online weather warnings.

For more information about heat health during periods of extreme weather, please visit our Heatwave Safety page 

For more information on looking after yourself during an emergency, please visit our Emergency Relief and Recovery page