Relief Programs

The Emergency Services Foundation provides relief and assistance to any Victorian Emergency Service Worker and their families who suffer hardship as a result of the Worker engaged in the operations of activities of an Emergency Service.

Since 1987 a number of Victorian Emergency Service workers have received financial assistance and in some cases the families of deceased members have also received financial support.

Should any further information be required in regard to the ESF Relief Programs or eligability please contact Jenny Davis on 0406 003 765 or

Financial Relief for Death or Serious Injury to Emergency Services Personnel.

A fundamental role of the Emergency Services Foundation is to provide financial relief/assistance for emergency services personnel and/or their families in the event of death or very serious injury, of an emergency services worker, whilst on duty. This policy applies equally to paid and voluntary personnel.

Financial relief may take two forms:

  • Immediately upon it becoming known, the Emergency Services Foundation will make available a grant of $10,000.00 to assist the affected familiy(s) aimed at reducing any initial financial burden thus providing time to consider future.
  • If after that initial period, a family requires further financial assistance, they may apply for a further, once off grant, to help them meet their ongoing financial obligations in the absence of the income of the emergency services worker.

How to Access Financial Relief from the Foundation

  • The family will be contacted as soon as possible after the death or injury becomes known and assuming they wish to receive such a grant, arrangements made to provide funds without delay.
  • A request for further financial assistance should be submitted in writing to the Emergency Services Foundation Secretariat at its official address: P.O. Box 24216, Melbourne, Victoria. 3001