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  • List of disasters

    In response to a disaster you may wish to collect funds or make donations to help victims. This page provides a list of declared disasters.

    On this page:

    See also:

    Australian disaster relief fund list

    For a fund to be eligible for endorsement as an Australian disaster relief fund, the disaster must meet various legal requirements.

    The disasters meeting these legal requirements are listed below.

    Tax deductions for donations to these funds can usually only be claimed for the first two years after the disaster is declared. 

    Name of disaster

    Start date for tax deductible gifts

    Government declaration

    Cyclone Lam

    20 February 2015

    Non-Profit News Service No. 0418 – Donations to help victims of Cyclone Lam

    Cyclone Debbie

    11 April 2017

    Declaring Cyclone Debbie a disaster for tax purposesExternal Link

    If the disaster you wish to collect funds for is not listed here, direct your enquiries to the relevant state of territory authority.

    State/territory

    Authority

    Phone

    Website

    New South Wales

    Emergency Management NSW

    (02) 8247 5900

    emergency.nsw.gov.auExternal Link

    Northern Territory

    Northern Territory Treasury

    (08) 8999 7406

    treasury.nt.gov.au/External Link

    Queensland

    Department of the Premier and Cabinet

    (07) 3224 2111

    premiers.qld.gov.auExternal Link

    South Australia

    Security and Emergency Management Commission

    (08) 8463 4056

    safecom.sa.gov.auExternal Link

    Tasmania

    Tasmanian Department of Premier and Cabinet

    1300 135 513

    www.dpac.tas.gov.auExternal Link

    Victoria

    Emergency Management Victoria

    (03) 8684 7900

    emc.vic.gov.auExternal Link

    Western Australia

    Fire and Emergency Services Authority of Western Australia

    (08) 9323 9300

    dfes.wa.gov.auExternal Link

    Developed country disaster relief fund list

    For a fund to be eligible for endorsement as a developed country disaster relief fund, the disaster must be recognised by a Treasury minister as a disaster.

    Tax deductions for donations to these funds can usually only be claimed for the first two years after the disaster is declared. 

    There are no current developed country disasters recognised by a Treasury minister.

      Last modified: 25 Jul 2017QC 18912