The Federation maintains an Emergency Relief Fund to provide assistance to financial members affected by emergencies such as bushfires, floods, cyclones, storms and fires.
The fund cannot make good on all the losses that members may suffer in an emergency such as this and is not intended to be a substitute for insurance cover. It is available to assist in relieving members of the immediate hardship and distress caused by such emergencies.
Through the Federation’s Emergency Relief Fund, we are able to offer members affected by disasters the following relief and assistance:
- Members suffering financial hardship can apply for an exemption of up to six months from their contributions to the union.
- In addition, on application, individual members can apply for an ex-gratia payment of up to $1000 to cover those teaching resources lost in the fire not covered by other forms of general insurance.
Exemptions and payments are only available to those who were financial at the time of the loss, with each application assessed prior to payment. Executive will consider requests for assistance from the Emergency Relief Fund as they arise.
Member's of Teachers Health affected by natural disasters may be entitled to the fund’s Disaster Relief Assistance.
Applications to Federation's Emergency Relief Fund can be made using this form.