After an emergency

About disaster recovery

Disaster recovery is the coordinated process of supporting communities that have been affected by a disaster in the reconstruction and restoration of psycho-social, economic, built and natural environments.

State government assistance

The State Recovery Office (SRO), part of the Department of Human Services (DHS), coordinates state recovery operations in South Australia.

DHS's Housing SA unit, provides information and support services such as food, financial assistance and emergency accommodation.

The St Vincent de Paul Society has been appointed by the SRO to administer, manage and distribute donated goods - eg clothing, furniture and household goods - during and after an emergency.

Australian government assistance

The Australian government Disaster Assist website provides information on financial and other assistance available to eligible disaster-declared areas and individuals through:

  • the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements
  • Disaster Recovery Payment
  • Disaster Recovery Allowance.

Financial assistance

Money collected by the state government in a public appeal for disaster relief is paid into the State Emergency Relief Fund (SERF), which is independent of government.

The fund is administrated by the SERF Committee which ensures publicly donated money is distributed appropriately and fairly to people and communities affected by a disaster.

Other financial aid

Depending on the scale of the disaster, it is likely that a range of non-government organisations will provide financial assistance to families in need. Details and eligibility requirements will be advertised at the time.

Emergency financial aid may also be available for individuals or families experiencing financial stress.

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