Charities to receive more emergency relief

Charities will receive two more years of emergency funding after natural disasters and the COVID-19 pandemic put the not-for-profit sector under enormous strain.

The federal government announced $190 million in emergency relief funding would be extended until June 30, 2025 for roughly 250 charities nationwide.

Many not-for-profits including St Vincent De Paul, FoodBank, OzHarvest, the Salvation Army, and Anglicare have struggled to meet ongoing demand as increasing numbers of Australians seek help through floods, fires, and the cost-of-living crisis.

Growing wages within the sector have also put extra pressure on charities to continue delivering services at current funding levels.

The federal government's funding extension aims to relieve some of these pressures so not-for-profits can continue to support Australians through difficult times.

"We want to ensure emergency relief funding is there to help Australians both during natural disasters but also after natural disasters to be able to rebuild their lives," Social Services Minister Amanda Rishworth said.

The government also extended the national coordination group through to July 2023 to help provide expert advice on financial counselling and emergency and food relief.