Bushfire Response

In challenging times, communities come together to support their own. In one of Australia’s most severe bushfire seasons, here’s how we’re helping – and how you can, too.

Where to seek help

Confidential support is available for all University staff and students.

Student Life provides counselling and support on a range of issues.

The University’s Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is available for any staff who wish to seek support. HR can also provide advice on special arrangements for those involved in emergency response or who live in high fire danger zones.

Latest news

Donations make their way to where they’re needed most

The first load of laundry baskets collected by staff from Wirltu Yarlu have made their way to Kangaroo Island, where they’re being put to good use.

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FireAid ready to rock for a cause

FireAid features an outstanding line-up of SA talent, who are coming together to raise funds for the CFS Foundation, BlazeAid and SAVEM.

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Tea for you – and a good cause too

The HR Social Club has raised over $400 for local volunteer agencies – and shared tea and a chat at the same time.

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Replacement testamurs available

The University is offering to replace testamurs (also known as ‘degree certificates’ or ‘parchments’) and academic transcripts free of cost for alumni affected by the bushfires.

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Supporting native vegetation

We all know mighty trees grow from small seeds – and so does much needed native vegetation. While it might take time until little seedlings are ready to plant, that’s no reason not to get your hands dirty.

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Information on staff leave entitlements

The University offers special leave provisions to staff who live in high-risk bushfire zones or who are involved in emergency management.

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Roseworthy and St Andrew's support Kangaroo Island

Donations of slightly out of date medical supplies from St Andrew’s Hospital, which started after the 2015 Pinery fires, are being repurposed to save animals and wildlife on Kangaroo Island.

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How can I help?

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Please join us and the fabulous Laurie Anderson as part of the inaugural RCC Fringe Masterclass on Monday 9 March. All proceeds will be donated to the KI Mayoral Relief and Recovery Bushfire Fund. Hurry, tickets are limited to 25 seats. Get your tickets now.  

Brains for Bushfires is bringing together neuroscientists from all three SA universities, plus undergraduate and postgraduate students, to raise funds for bushfire relief. The fair will feature neuroscience-themed face painting and balloon art, the inflatable mega body and build your own neuron to demonstrations, as well as food trucks and a selection of neuroscience-themed snacks. Kids under 2 years are free, children 12 and under $5, Children >12 and adults $8, family discounted price: 2 adults and 2 children $20. All ticket sales and proceeds will be donated. Cash only event.

Sunday 22 March at Ingkarni Wardli atrium, North Terrace campus, The University of Adelaide.

The Confucius Institute is selling handmade Chinese knotted bracelets to raise funds for the State Emergency Relief Fund. Bracelets are $5 each, and are on sale in the Hub on 20 and 21 January. All funds raised will be donated.   Further information: The Confucius Institute

Students from the Elder Conservatorium of Music are holding a fundraising concert for wildlife on Kangaroo Island. The concert will feature a diverse program of music, spanning four centuries, with funds donated to the Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park.

Monday 24 February, 7.00 pm – 8.00 pm at the Clayton Wesley Uniting Church, Beulah Par (corner of The Parade and Portrush Rd). $10 on entry.

Further information: jameshuon.george@student.adelaide.edu.au

Staff from Wirltu Yarlu are collecting plastic laundry baskets to assist animal rescue on Kangaroo Island, and selected medical supplies for the wildlife hospital at Plympton. Please drop off any goods to Level 1, Schulz Building, The University of Adelaide.

Further information: sasha.dekievit@adelaide.edu.au or ingrid.sierp@adelaide.edu.au

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