BUSHFIRES NSW ADF SUPPORT
Former federal police chief Andrew Colvin will lead a large-scale national bushfire recovery effort.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Sunday announced the immediate start of the National Bushfire Recovery Agency, which will work with state authorities and defence efforts.
"It will be modelling its operations closely on the successful response provided to the North Queensland floods," Mr Morrison told reporters in Canberra.
"That agency will be drawing on a series of support measures."
Mr Morrison didn't rule out a royal commission into the current bushfire crisis.
"It is something I would consider in concert with states and territories," he said.
Support measures from the national agency would include mental health, the prime minister noted.
"It's important we are addressing the mental health needs as well as the many other health needs that will need to be addressed.
"This organisation will be stood up for at least two years."
It would coordinate disaster relief payments, including those made to small businesses and local councils.
Canberra will not seek matching funding from states and territories.
"I have no doubt they will have a long list of recovery tasks that they will be performing ... rebuilding bridges, roads and other critical infrastructure and we will work hand in glove."
He said there may be a role for a national agency when it came to hazard reduction burns.
"Hazard reduction has been a constant refrain as I have been on the ground but I also acknowledge the drought conditions can make that very difficult," he said.
Claims hazard reduction burns would have helped stem the bushfire crisis have been disputed by experts, with Australia's ex-fire chiefs saying climate change was the main culprit.
Asked on Sunday if it was appropriate to be blaming the Greens and environmentalists for stonewalling reductions, Mr Morrison said now was the time to focus on a response to the bushfires.
"Plenty of people have blamed me, people have blamed the Greens ... blame doesn't help anybody at this time," Mr Morrison said.
The government has already announced the rollout of up to 3000 Defence Force reservists to help handle the fallout from fires.
"I want to stress the decisions we took yesterday and enacted yesterday were a statement all about the scale of this crisis," Mr Morrison said on Sunday.
Weather conditions eased on Sunday but authorities warned the bushfire threat remained active, particularly in the nation's southeast.
Seven people now remain missing in Victoria, with grave fears for their wellbeing.
In NSW thousands of properties are without power and the government expects to confirm hundreds more property losses from the past day.