Bushfire response

Overview

The devastating bushfires affected the Australian eastern seaboard from September 2019 to March 2020. The fires burnt an estimated 1,866,000 square kilometres, with the economic damage estimated to be at around $4.5 billion.

Whilst the COVID-19 pandemic has taken centre stage, no one has forgotten the extremely challenging circumstances that continue to be faced by the many fire-affected communities and businesses.

While the New Zealand Government supported the bushfire emergency response effort - including through the deployment of around 179 NZ firefighters and 100 NZ Defence Force personnel - we know there is a desire from our New Zealand people and our businesses to do more to support the Australian people and Australian businesses in both the short and long term.

Bushfire Recovery Victoria is a new, permanent and dedicated Victorian Government agency working directly with local communities to listen, help and deliver what they need.

Business Council of Australia (BCA) through its BizRebuild program to support practical and on the ground assistance to small and local businesses left devastated by the bushfires. The BCA represents Australia’s largest employers, and its BizRebuild program (led by the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove) is designed to run for five years specifically to help businesses recover to create jobs, rebuild stronger communities and restore thriving local economies.

Visit the BizRebuild website for updates on significant projects and focus areas of support.

NZTE is seeking to connect with any business that may have the capacity to provide support, to help Australia’s bushfire affected businesses and communities. This could come in a range of ways e.g. providing replacement equipment, helping build pop-up shops, replacement and/or repair of grounds, buildings and infrastructure, or providing services such as resilience planning/recovery advice, project management, environmental planning and management, etc. Due to the current COVID-19 situation, we understand that it may not be possible to assist right now, but this could change in the longer term.

Advice for New Zealand exporters

NZTE is assisting the bushfire recovery effort by working with the major recovery agencies and is seeking to connect with any business that may have the capacity to provide in-kind support, to help Australia’s bushfire affected businesses and communities. Support could include providing replacement equipment, helping build pop-up shops, replacement and/or repair of grounds, buildings and infrastructure, or providing services such as resilience planning/recovery advice, project management, environmental planning and management. While we understand that it may be difficult for New Zeeland businesses to assist right now due to COVID-19, longer term opportunities are available.

Please get in touch with NZTE Australia Market Manager, Scott James, to register your interest.

Further reading

  • Bushfire Recovery Victoria: a new, permanent and dedicated Victorian Government agency working directly with local communities to listen, help and deliver what they need.

  • Business Council of Australia (BCA) through its BizRebuild programme, is offering practical, on the ground assistance to small and local businesses. The BCA represents Australia’s largest employers, and its BizRebuild programme (led by the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove) is designed to help businesses recover, create jobs, rebuild stronger communities and restore thriving local economies.

  • Update for Government Radio Network: NSW emergency services organisations and other government agencies will receive an AUD$217 million boost to the NSW Government Radio Network (GRN) with increased coverage across the state.

Contact NZTE

We're available to talk to you about any issues your export business is facing due to COVID-19.

For existing NZTE customers, please contact your New Zealand-based Customer Manager.

If you're unsure who to contact or haven't worked with us before, you can call NZTE on 0800 555 888 or email below and one of our Customer Advisors will help you.