Support for those affected by the WA bushfires

05 February 2021

A message from the Vice Chancellor, Professor Francis Campbell:

"In recent days we have witnessed the bushfires in Perth’s north-east ravage many thousands of hectares and claim more than 70 homes. The scenes are heartbreaking, with even more houses threatened today and evacuations are continuing. Our thoughts and prayers are with all those who have lost their homes and the emergency service workers tackling the fires.

This bushfire emergency has already impacted a number of our staff, students and their families. As a Notre Dame community, we offer our prayers and practical support to all those affected by these extremely challenging circumstances. To support our students and staff affected by this event, the University will:

  • Provide staff who are directly affected with access to special leave, counselling and support
  • Provide additional paid leave to volunteer firefighters, and any first or emergency responders
  • Enable students who are impacted to access the Emergency Student Hardship Fund to assist with starting or continuing their studies at Notre Dame
  • Provide students who are directly affected access to counselling and academic support as required

If you are a student affected by these bushfires, please get in touch with your Dean if you require support. If you are a staff member, you can get in touch with the People and Culture Office so we can support you at this difficult time.

If you would like to support those affected by the fires you can contribute to St Vincent De Paul’s appeal, which you can access on their website: St Vincent de Paul Society.

We will keep all those affected in our thoughts and prayers during these difficult days."


Media Contact: Breyon Gibbs : +61 8 9433 0569 | breyon.gibbs@nd.edu.au