Flood Operation in Lismore Launched

Disaster Relief Australia will respond to the NSW floods.

Disaster Relief Australia has launched Operation Riordan in Lismore, NSW on 13th August 2022 to help Northern Rivers residents recover from catastrophic flooding.
The operation will focus on home and property repairs aiming to get the community safe, secure, and warm.

You can help in two equally important ways.
Donate & Volunteer.
Find out what’s involved.

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Donate to the NSW Floods

The crisis is far from over. For so many, it has just begun. Five months after the February flood, more than 1000 Lismore individuals are still without a home and staying in temporary housing. Only 20% of businesses are currently open. Residents are camping on their properties or staying with relatives and friends. Some have returned to their mould-infested, uninhabitable homes, while others are couch surfing or living in tents or cars. The floods have destroyed lives and ripped families apart.  

Donations will go directly towards getting our disaster relief teams on the ground in New South Wales. Your support will assist in cleaning up the devastation for those most in need.

Your donation dollar does double time. Not only will you help communities devastated by disaster, you also support Australian veterans to find purpose through service. Your generosity in supporting Disaster Relief Australia will aid us to provide real hands on help where it is needed most.

Volunteer to Help the Flood Recovery Effort

We welcome all to volunteer with us. If you want to help communities recover from the New South Wales floods, register your interest today. You can sign up in minutes and our mobilisation team can get you on the ground with us in days. Our team will update you on the next steps. You can help as little or as much as you are able. You will work alongside DRA members experienced in disaster recovery work.

Already a Disaster Relief Australia Member?

We need your experience and know-how to help guide the large scale flood recovery effort. Put in your EOI now or let the mobilisation team know by email of your availability. Get your boots on the ground to help and show new volunteers how it’s done.


Who is Disaster Relief Australia?

Disaster Relief Australia (DRA) unites the skills and experiences of military veterans with first responders to rapidly deploy emergency response teams in Australia and around the world. When disaster strikes, we work hard to help the most vulnerable in need.

DRA is a not for profit organisation offering veterans a chance to continue their service by helping and empowering those afflicted by disasters, and also themselves. Programs and services are made possible by the support of individual donors, corporate partners, and the dedication of volunteers across the country.

When will volunteers and DRA members be required to deploy?

Disaster Relief Australia is actively planning a flood recovery response. The response will occur once emergency services have completed their work and flood recovery operations are able to commence. Further information about the dates will be made available soon.

What work will volunteers do?

Flood cleanup work is dirty. Volunteers will need to roll up their sleeves, get dirty and provide real hands on help where it’s needed most. Flood recovery includes cleaning out mud, removing lots of rubbish and debris, clearing access to properties, chainsaw work and fence line removal.


Do I need to be a veteran to volunteer with Disaster Relief Australia?

You do not need to be a veteran to volunteer with Disaster Relief Australia. Many of our members are from a military or emergency services background but we also have many motivated volunteers from many walks of life and professions.


I cannot volunteer, how can I help?

You can help our efforts by donating or sharing our message to others. Find out how you can donate.


Is my donation tax deductible?

Donations of $2 and above are tax deductible in Australia and you will receive a receipt via email when you donate online

What happens if Disaster Relief Australia raises more than you need for this disaster?
If the funds exceed the cost of our recovery operation, the excess will be used to restock and repair our equipment so we are ready for the next occurrence. Unfortunately disasters are becoming more frequent and intense. Extra funds allows us to be ready to pack our bags and deploy.
Did you use all the funds raised from the QLD and NSW Flood Appeal earlier this year?
Disaster Relief Australia raised over $800,000 to be used to assist Australian communities affected by the floods ion QLD and NSW in March and April. Having just over $100,000 left enables us to plan another Operation in the region to assist the people that are still hurting. We are planning to redeploy to the Northern NSW region in mid-August.
I’m affected by the current floods. Does Disaster Relief Australia offer financial support to individuals?

Disaster Relief Australia does not provide financial assistance. Disaster Relief Australia provides disaster recovery services. Disaster Assist Australia contains a map to search to find the Local Government Areas which have been declared natural disasters. People in those areas can then apply for disaster recovery payments. The page is updated as each State and Territory makes natural disaster declarations. This information can be found at Disaster Assist.

Does Disaster Relief Australia take individual requests for assistance?
No, Disaster Relief Australia does not take individual requests for assistance. We work with the official local agencies on the ground and receive information about requests for assistance through them. Please contact your local council for more information.