Department program

Ten year anniversary of the 2009 Victorian Bushfires

​​February 2019 marks the 10 Year Anniversary of the 2009 Victorian Bushfires, one of the worst natural disasters Victoria has experienced.

In the lead up to the anniversary, the Department has received $1.2 million to provide supports and resources for affected school communities including:

  • Targeted leadership and learning support to help identify student needs and give staff the right tools to support their academic progress - $1 million
  • The extension of a University of Melbourne study tracking the impact of bushfire on learning for children and young people, with guidance for supporting their academic progress – $0.2 million

Many schools, staff and students were directly impacted by the 2009 Victorian Bushfires. The anniversary is a time to reflect and remember the 173 people who lost their lives in the bushfires, to learn about how the fires changed the lives of so many, and how communities have rebuilt.


A number of programs are available in 2019. Schools directly affected by the 2009 Victorian bushfires can apply for participation.

For more information please contact or (03) 7022 1211.

Ongoing support

This was a traumatic and distressing event and anniversaries can be difficult. Anyone experiencing problems or changes in behaviour should contact their doctor, mental health professional, or Lifeline for help and support.

School and corporate staff 

Students and pare​nt support

Teacher suppor​​​​​t tools

Community health links

Family and​​ safety

Fore more information visit State Government 2009 Victorian Bushfires