To help communities recover, we have rolled out a series of support services.

If you require emergency assistance as a result of storm and floods, please contact the State Emergency Service (SES) on 13 25 00.

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What support is available?

To help you rebuild faster we have made changes to all planning schemes.

The changes introduced Clause 52.10 and will speed up the planning permit application process while providing greater certainty in the rebuilding process.

It also exempts some planning requirements for homes and streamlines the planning permit application process.

The exemptions include:

  • a dwelling use exemption that, subject to meeting certain conditions, turns off some planning requirements related to the use of land for a dwelling, but you may still need a permit to rebuild your home
  • a notice and review exemption that applies to a planning permit application to rebuild a dwelling or rebuild a business damaged by a storm or flood after 1 January 2019.

These change streamlines planning requirements and applications to help you rebuild faster, while supporting the reestablishment of businesses and services.

Were you impacted by the June 2021 storms?

If you were impacted by the June 2021 storms, there are specific support services available.

While the storm impacts were felt across the Yarra Ranges and Cardinia Shire, the majority of impacted homes were in the suburbs of Olinda, Mount Dandenong and Kalorama, and in the municipality of Cardinia in the suburbs of Emerald and Cockatoo.

Yarra Ranges Rebuild Support Service

The Yarra Ranges Rebuild Support Service (RSS) is about making the planning and rebuilding process simpler and faster.

It is also available to residents in the Cardinia Shire.

Supports available include:

  • Assistance in navigating the planning and building permit process
  • Pre-application support
  • Technical specialists to provide advice and help you repair and rebuild your home

The RSS is administered by Yarra Ranges Shire Council.

To find out more, head to Cardinia or Yarra Ranges websites.

Country Fire Authority

The Country Fire Authority (CFA) is available to support residents and councils impacted by the June 2021 storm and floods.

Supports available include:

  • Advice in understanding the bushfire requirements for obtaining a planning permit, including Bushfire Attack Levels and how they might impact your rebuild

If you’d like to know more about the supports available, please contact your local council or CFA firesafetyreferral@cfa.vic.gov.au

Other support available

Your local council has a range of supports available to people impacted by storm and flood events, such as temporary accommodation, mental health services and outreach, and planning and rebuilding services.

If you’ve been impacted by storm and floods you can contact:

Page last updated: 29/04/22