Natural disaster grants

Deakin University is committed to helping students affected by natural disasters when they occur.

Natural Disaster* Assistance packages may include the following items of support:

  • A grant of up to $1500 to replace essential study materials and supplies lost or damaged in the natural disaster
  • Assistance with emergency accommodation requirements
  • Vouchers for groceries
  • Interest free loans of up to $2000 and assistance with other financial advice
  • Personal support counselling and chaplaincy.

* does not cover COVID-19.

How to apply

Applications for assistance can be made using the form below.

For any enquiries relating to the Natural Disaster Assistance Package, please email

Definition of natural disaster for this grant

A natural disaster is a natural process or phenomenon that may cause loss of life, injury or other health impacts, property damage, loss of livelihoods and services, social and economic disruption, or environmental damage. They can include heatwaves, bushfires, droughts, floods, severe storms and tropical cyclones, earthquakes, tsunami and landslides.

Other Deakin and DUSA supports

To find out more about Deakin services to help students visit Health and wellbeing.

To find out about support DUSA can provide visit their Survival Centre.

Australian Government financial assistance

The Disaster Recovery Payment (DRP) (link opens new window) may be available to assist people who have been adversely affected by a natural disaster. This is administered through the Department of Human Services and Centrelink.

Need help?

If you need further information contact Student Central for help.

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