In a bush fire emergency, NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) works with Local Land Services (LLS) to support the NSW Rural Fire Service to:

  • Assist primary producers, animal holding establishments and the community to be prepared for bushfires
  • Coordinate rescue, evacuation and emergency care for animals
  • Coordinate assessment, humane destruction and disposal of affected animals
  • Support recovery arrangements including providing impact damage assessments and contributing to recovery centres and committees

Being prepared is a key to minimising the impacts of fire on your property, your family and your animals.

Recovery and assistance

Primary producers should report flood-related damage including stock and fodder losses, damage to crops, pastures, fencing and other farm infrastructure  through the Natural Disaster Damage Survey. This will ensure we understand the severity and regional distribution of the damage and can target resources and assistance in the appropriate areas

Financial assistance

Natural disaster assistance is available to help communities and individuals directly affected by flood, fire, storm damage or any other declared natural disaster. To support relief and recovery following a declared natural disaster a range of measures are made available by the NSW Government.

The Rural Assistance Authority (RAA) provides a range of financial assistance and support during a natural disaster, including the following grants and loans.

Federal Government assistance

A range of financial assistance and support for communities during emergencies and natural disasters is available from the Office of Emergency Management and Department of Human Services.

Recovery advice

The impact of fires, floods and other natural disasters can affect primary producers beyond their own resilience levels, requiring assistance to recover personally and financially.

NSW DPI and LLS coordinate and provide recovery assistance and advice to landholders, primary producers, commercial fishers and other industries impacted by a natural disaster event.

A quick guide to natural disaster recovery assistance for primary producers is available, providing high level information on recovery for affected landholders. Technical information and guidance on recovery management decisions can be found below.

The potential for soil erosion after a bushfire can be severe due to the destruction of ground cover and the litter layer. Learn more about Soil erosion and sediment control in fire affected plantations.

Following a bushfire, there could be dangers to people and animals from various hazards. Find information on managing health and safety risks after a fire.

For advice on on animal, pastures and cropping advice or local recovery activities contact Local Land Services.

Rural support and recovery

Rural Recovery Support Service - Bushfires

The Rural Recovery Support Service is managed by the NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) and funded by Resilience NSW, to provide assistance to rural landholders and primary producers who have been impacted by the recent bushfires. This service employs Recovery Officers who are a single point of contact for your recovery needs, providing information and referrals to support your recovery journey.

Find your nearest Recovery Officer or contact:

Email: rural.recovery@dpi.nsw.gov.au

Phone: 0437 497 555

Rural Resilience Program

The Rural Resilience team works with primary producers across regional and remote NSW to build personal and family resilience, which is an essential tool to withstand the challenges of rural life and farm based businesses.

For further information or contact details of local Rural Resilience staff, visit www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/rrp

A fish is lifted from a river after being rescuedBushfire recovery video playlist

Our Youtube playlist contains bushfire recovery information on:

  • fish deaths
  • horticulture
  • livestock
  • pastures
  • viticulture
  • bees
  • aquaculture

Health and wellbeing

Mental health toolkit for the fires

The Australian National University has developed a free Community Trauma Toolkit containing resources to help support adults and children before, during and after bushfires.

Rural Adversity and Mental Health Program

For information about rural health and wellbeing and mental health resources visit www.crrmh.com.au


  • Mental Health Line: 1800 011 511
  • Beyondblue: 1300 224 636
  • Mensline: 1300 789 978
  • Kids Helpline: 1800 55 1800

An extensive list of health and wellbeing support and contacts during a natural disaster is available on DroughtHub.