- CERA – Catholic Emergency Relief Australia – Catholic Church National Response
A new whole-of-Church initiative to help people and communities recover from the current bushfire crisis will set the blueprint for how the Catholic Church responds to domestic natural disasters in the future. The new national collaboration is called CERA – Catholic Emergency Relief Australia – and will serve as a coordination point for Catholic agencies responding to natural disasters.
CSSA is proud to be a founding organisation of CERA along with the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, Catholic Religious Australia, Catholic Social Services Australia , Caritas Australia, Catholic Health Australia , St Vincent de Paul National Council the National Catholic Education Commission and Australian Catholic University
Visit the new Catholic Emergency Relief Australia website, here: www.cera.catholic.org.au
NEW: 15 Successful Applications for CERA grants announced!
- Congratulations to the 15 organisations that were succesful in the first CERA grant round. $110,000 has been allocated for traumc counselling, community building initiatives.
Resources and Support Materials
Communities and individuals affected by bushfire can experience a range of thoughts, feelings and behaviours that can be intense, confusing and frightening.
Our CSSA members with experience in trauma-informed counselling and support are sharing resources and support materials that can be used to help people who are coming to terms with the trauma, distress and fear they may have experienced. We have also included below links to other support resources.
This page will be regularly updated.
- Income support for households affected by natural disasters: a quick guide – a summary of the main Australian Government disaster recovery payments, their eligibility criteria and key changes to the criteria over time.
- National Bushfire Recovery Agency
- Department of Human Services
- Department of Education
- Department of Health
- National Disability Insurance Scheme – Detailed information for participants and providers affected by bushfires is available on the NDIS and disaster response page.
- NDIS Mobile Service Teams – NDIS assistance in bushfire affected areas
- NSW Government bushfire recovery assistance
- NSW Department of Health – Community factsheets – Bushfires
- Victoria State Government
- Qld State Government
- WA State Government
- South Australian Government disaster recovery assistance
- Tasmania Government
- ACT Government
- COAG – National Strategy for Disaster Resilience
Our Members working in bushfire impacted regions
- CatholicCare Canberra & Goulburn
- CatholicCare Wollongong
- CatholicCare Broken Bay
- CatholicCare Hunter-Manning
- CatholicCare Sydney
- Centacare New England North West
- Centacare Port Macquarie
- Centacare South West NSW
- MacKillop Family Services
- South Australia
- Australian Red Cross and Australian Psychological Society
- Australian National University College of Health and Medicine
- Australian Institute for Disaster Recovery Knowledge Hub
- Community Recovery Handbook – intended for use by planners, managers and those involved in working with communities to design and deliver recovery processes, services, programs and activities
- National monitoring and evaluation for disaster recovery programs
- Australian Psychological Society
- Disability Services Consulting – Bushfire resources for people with disability
- Headspace – mental health support for Australian students, teachers, and schools following large scale incidents
- Life in Mind
- NDS Bushfire Information and Support
- Resilient Community Organisations
- Toolkit developed by and for the community sector to help organisations measure and improve their resilience to disasters and emergencies.
- Various Templates for disaster resilience planning for community organisations
- World Bank – Disaster Risk Management Resources
- United Nations – Disaster Risk Management Resources
- Raising Children Network
- Royal Australian College of GPs (RACGP)
- University of Melbourne, Youth Research Centre – Research-informed approaches to supporting student wellbeing post disaster, Cahill,H.,Shlezinger, K. Romei, K., Dadvand B., (2020).
- Lifeline Australia
- Beyond Blue – Bushfires and mental health
- Mental Health Academy – a collection of resources in support of Australian mental health workers assisting with the Australian bushfire crisis
- Emerging Minds
- Phoenix Australia – Trauma and the emergency services
- Queensland Department of Health “Birdy resources” including Birdie and her friends have to get away from a bushfire – A story for young children about recovering from fires.
- The Commons, Social Change Library – Resources for Disaster Relief and Recovery – listing of resources (Both in the library or external links) to support community responses to the Australian bushfires and other disasters.
- Lifeline Australia – free, confidential and anonymous 24 hour telephone counselling service. Phone: 131 114
- Beyond Blue – free, confidential and anonymous 24 hour telephone support and online chat (3:00 pm until 12:00 am daily) service. Phone: 1300 22 4636
- Kids Helpline – free, private and confidential 24 hour telephone and online counselling service for young people aged 5 to 25. Phone 1800 551 800