3 January 2020

The Morrison Government is taking action to support Tasmania’s volunteer  firefighters who are risking their lives to protect ours.

Financial support for loss of income of up to $300 per day, up to a total of up to $6,000 per person will be provided to eligible Tasmanian fire service volunteers.

Those eligible include farmers, the self-employed, tradies and contract workers, and those who work for small and medium businesses if they are deployed to respond to bushfires for more than 10 days.

While we know our volunteers don’t seek payment for their service, this support will help to insulate them from financial loss while appropriately recognising the risks they are facing to protect communities from these devastating fires.

This announcement follows similar action taken by the Morrison Government to extend paid leave provisions for public servants who volunteer to fight fires across the country.

The Commonwealth stands ready to deliver whatever further assistance is requested by the states.

Our firefighters are doing an amazing job under difficult circumstances and with more hot weather ahead, I join the community in thanking them for protecting the community.