To help in the bushfire support effort, AFCA has established a dedicated online bushfire support information hub, which explains the financial recovery help they can provide to families and small businesses impacted by the catastrophe.
Rob Guest, Executive General Manager, Customer Service & Resolution, said that AFCA is committed to ensuring appropriate information is in place for consumers who need to access its services during the ongoing crisis.
He added that those impacted by fires, must first contact their insurer or broker to start the claims process. However, beyond problems relating insurance and claims, AFCA is expecting that many people will suddenly be facing financial hardship.
“Many thousands of people have been affected – homes destroyed, people who can’t access their cash or who have lost their credit cards, or who can’t make loan repayments because they have no job to go to anymore. Small businesses will have been lost or be currently inoperable,” said Guest.
If your property has been damaged by the #Australianbushfires, the first step for financial recovery once you are safe is to contact your insurance company. For next steps, visit https://t.co/7G2CQQmHlc or call 1800 931 678. #bushfiresAustralia pic.twitter.com/4CcVfVfUi8
— Australian Financial Complaints Authority (@AFCA_org_au) January 7, 2020
AFCA’s bushfire support information hub is online at afca.org.au/bushfiresupport and information is also being provided over the phone on 1800 931 678.
AFCA will streamline its processes for bushfire complaints, to ensure they are expedited. They have dedicated teams within their Banking and Finance, Insurance and Financial Difficulty areas, to handle all bushfire related complaints.
AFCA key bushfire contacts:
Exec G.M., Customer Service & Resolution
03 9491 9869
Banking, Financial Difficulty
Executive G.M., Resolution
03 9613 7340