Bushfire recovery

The department is assisting the Victorian communities through the bushfire recovery process through a range of measures.

Business & sport for bushfire recovery pledge

We’re supporting tourism businesses directly impacted by the bushfires in East Gippsland and North East Victoria by encouraging organisations to join a pledge to take their business to the regions.

The 'Business & Sport for Bushfire Recovery’ program calls on business, sport and government agencies to commit to holding meetings, events and other business activities in bushfire affected regions later in the year when it is safe to so.

Learn more about this initiative and how to make the pledge.

You can access a list of businesses who have pledged to host upcoming events in regional Victoria on the Business Events Victoria website.

Supporting Victorian farmers

Agriculture Victoria is supporting Gippsland and Upper Murray landholders impacted by the summer bushfires through animal welfare assessments and assistance, farm impact assessments and the referral of urgent cases of personal need to the appropriate agencies.

Agriculture Victoria will continue to provide ongoing support to farmers and wine growers:

  • Helping red meat producers get Back to Business
  • Funding for fencing
  • Transport subsidies
  • Assistance for wine growers

For more information on bushfire recovery and support for primary producers, please contact Agriculture Victoria on 136 186 or Bushfire Recovery Victoria on 1800 560 760.

Supporting regional businesses

Business Victoria provides a range of resources and information to support businesses that have been impacted by the bushfires.

For more information and other support available for regional businesses, visit Business Victoria.

Supporting tourism operators

In line with advice from the Victorian Chief Health Officer, the Victorian Government has implemented a shutdown or restriction of non-essential activity and travel across Victoria to help combat the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) (effective from midday Monday 23 March). Indoor and outdoor gatherings are also currently restricted to a maximum of two people (effective from Sun 29 March).

These restrictions are currently impacting on Victorian tourism operator’s ability to conduct business as usual.

Visit Victoria is working with the Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions on options for recovery and support measures for the state’s tourism industry which has been impacted the bushfires and coronavirus (COVID-19).

Victoria will continue to support regional tourism operators through a dedicated Bushfire Recovery round of the Regional Events Fund,  which will deliver up to $300,000 to help organisers attract more people to the regions in 2021. This is in addition to the ordinary Regional Events Fund.

The Victorian Health Officer must deem it safe to hold public gatherings again before these events can proceed.

Learn more about Visit Victoria’s marketing activities.

Supporting regional communities

Regional Development Victoria is engaging with many of the affected businesses and communities to assist with immediate needs and plan our future social and economic development work within those communities.

Some of the initiatives include:

  • More support for mental health after bushfires
  • Planning assistance for bushfire-affected Victorians
  • Bushfire Tourism and Business Fund

Regional Development Victoria will work with other agencies and departments, including Bushfire Recovery Victoria, to guide our communities through the recovery process.

For more information, visit Regional Development Victoria.

Supporting creative practitioners and organisations

If you are a current Creative Victoria grant recipient and you, your organisation or your project is impacted by the bushfires, please contact your Creative Victoria program manager to discuss your needs.

There is also a range of other business and personal support available for artists and music workers. Visit Creative Victoria for more information.

Business Victoria has compiled a list of support services and information for Victorian businesses - including creative organisations and individual creative practitioners with an ABN - which have been affected by and/or are recovering from bushfires.

Supporting sport, active recreation and racing organisations

The Victorian Government is engaging with state sporting organisations that represent the affected clubs across the fire-affected regions to assess the impact on infrastructure and

Victoria’s sporting community is rallying behind affected clubs and communities and to date, more than 200 sporting, racing and corporate organisations have pledged to hold meetings, events and conferences in bushfire affected communities under the Victorian Government’s Business and Sport for Bushfire Recovery program.

Page last updated: 29 May 2020