Things are starting to come together, my brother and sister in law and my little nephew and niece are all back together in Flowerdale. The have a one room shack with a few tents around its basic but they are together. Apart from the occasional little flare up the fire danger has abated, (with fire danger being a fairly relative term these days after Black Saturday).
The DHS has set up a dislocation grant which gives those who have either lost their house or been unable to get into their house for more than 7 days $5000 for the first adult, $2000 for other adults and $1500 per child. http://www.dhs.vic.gov.au/bushfireappeal/initial-home-dislocation-payment
I think this money will come from the donated funds. it is good to see money flowing from donations to victims quickly. It is not means tested but each adult has to sign a stat dec which will no doubt be a pain in the butt for some people. If you can sign stat decs and know some vixtims it would be good to take the forms to them and help them get it done. i will look after parents in law tonight and take forms up to Flowerdale on the weekend. As a Chartered Accountant i can sign. Police can also sign stat decs so it shouldn't be too hard to get the paperwork signed.