Date posted: 11/02/2020 3 min read

Australian bushfires - support resources for you, your clients and communities

A range of resources are available to help you through the recovery where needed.

In Brief

  • Our thoughts are with all our members, your clients and the wider communities during this time
  • Available resources include a checklist on the practical issues for small business impacted by bushfires and a Mental Health First Aid Guide for Chartered Accountants
  • Members can register their interest to volunteer their professional services to assist impacted businesses

As bushfires and extreme heatwave conditions persist across regions in Australia, our thoughts are with all our members, particularly those in practice supporting their clients and the wider communities. We know there are many who have had losses or have needed to evacuate to safety.

Chartered Accountants are often the backbone of their communities and it is during times like these we often draw on the strength of our community and peers.

Your CA community is here to support you. We have a range of resources to help through the recovery where needed.

Resources to support you

  • The Chartered Accountants Advisory Group offer free and confidential guidance on professional and ethical matters to help you make a considered, informed decision about what to do.
  • Our Mental Health First Aid Guide for Chartered Accountants to help you engage in difficult conversations with your clients and communities and ask R U OK?
  • We have made our Employee Assistance Program available to members during this time, which aims to support you and members of your family through counselling services. This can be accessed 24 hours, 7 days a week by calling Converge International on 1300 687 327.

Resources to support your clients

Resources to support your communities

  • CA ANZ have partnered with Rural Aid and encourages members to help raise much needed funds to support Australian businesses affected by bushfire and drought.
  • Members can register their interest to volunteer their professional services through the CA ANZ Professional Services Volunteer Program to assist impacted businesses and Australians with their government grant applications and individual tax returns.
  • Consider donating to charities assisting those affected such as Red Cross, GIVIT, Salvation Army, WIRES and RSPCA.
  • Access to assistance packages and support from telecommunication providers such as Telstra, Optus and Vodafone.

Local resources

New South Wales

South Australia

Victoria

Western Australia

Queensland

Tasmania

CA Wellbeing Australia

Resources for mental health and wellbeing.

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