Vic Emergency (managed by Emergency Management Victoria)
Information and updates on current emergency warnings and incidents across Victoria. http://www.emergency.vic.gov.au/respond/
Emergency Victoria also provide more specific advice and resources in line with significant current events, https://www.emergency.vic.gov.au/relief/#current_events
Emergency Recovery Victoria is a web portal designed to connect individuals, families, communities, businesses and regions to rebuild and recover after a disaster. Please refer to the website for up to date information on what is happening in Victoria.
Flood Recovery Hotline
Flood Recovery Hotline is a single state-wide number, 1800 560 760, that Victorians impacted by the October 2022 floods can call for help or assistance with:
- navigating available supports
- mental health and wellbeing support
The recovery hotline is open from 7.30am-7.30pm everyday.
Grants and Assistance
Australian Government Disaster Recovery Payment (AGDRP)
In addition, the one-off, non-means tested Australian government disaster recovery payment of $1000 for eligible adults and $400 for children is available to people who live in the Victorian flood impacted LGAs.
- Equivalent financial assistance will also be available for eligible New Zealand citizens ('non-protected' Special Category Visas, subclass 444 holders) affected by the floods.
- Information about the payments, including all eligible local government areas is available at servicesaustralia.gov.au/disasterevents
Victorian State Government
State Government advised immediate funding recovery arrangements for the October 2022 storm and flood event. https://www.disasterassist.gov.au/Pages/disasters/current-disasters/Victoria/victoria-floods-06102022.aspx
Recovery and care of cultural collections
Blue Shield Australia
Blue Shield Australia (BSA) provide a range of resources available to assist cultural and collecting organisations with flood recovery, and include a recovery checklist. https://blueshieldaustralia.org.au/resources/flood-recovery/
The AICCM is a not-for-profit organisation concerned with the conservation, preservation, research of, and access to Australia’s tangible and intangible cultural, historical and scientific heritage.
The AICCM has a range of disaster resources available, including a brochure on floods. https://aiccm.org.au/disaster/flood/
Grimwade Conservation Services
University of Melbourne Conservators at the University of Melbourne have developed a webpage and short video as a first response guide to recover flood damaged personal keepsakes, photographs, framed works, books, documents and other precious collection materials. https://arts.unimelb.edu.au/grimwade-centre-for-cultural-materials-conservation/conservation-services/services-support/flood-recovery
Volunteer Register / Requests for Assistance
Expressions of interest received from conservators to volunteer their time and /or services are collated by the AICCM Secretariat in a register. If members or organisations request assistance in regards to conservation of cultural heritage, AICCM offer to put people in contact with each other. Contact: Michelle Berry (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Professional conservator directory
The AICCM has a directory of Professional Conservators available on its website: https://aiccm.org.au/need-a-conservator
General information regarding flood recovery: https://www.floodvictoria.vic.gov.au/recovery
State Government advised immediate funding recovery arrangements for the June 2021 storm and flood event. https://www.disasterassist.gov.au/Pages/disasters/current-disasters/Victoria/vic-floods-storms-09-06-2021.aspx
Gippsland Emergency Relief Fund
A volunteer-run registered charity established to provide immediate short-term funds to Gippslanders affected by natural disaster. IT is funded by donations from businesses, with all donations returned to the community. https://www.gerf.org.au/
A number of Local Government areas across Victoria have been impacted by this event through flooding, significant storm damage, and prolonged power outages. You may wish to contact your local council directly to discuss whether they are providing additional financial or direct support assistance at this time.
AMaGA Victoria Disaster Resources
Museums & Galleries NSW Flood Recovery
Grimwade Conservation Services/University of Melbourne
Museums & Galleries QLD 'Be Prepared: Guidelines for small museums for writing a disaster preparedness plan'