In partnership with Equity Trustees the Business Council has founded the Australian Volunteer Support Trust to assist the families of any volunteer in Australia who tragically loses their lives through their volunteer work.
The trust will be a permanent and ongoing fund to support the children of volunteers who have died fighting these fires and future disasters. Primarily, the trust will meet the ongoing educational needs of the children of volunteers who have given their lives.
The trust will be effective from 1 July 2019 to include the current bushfires and administered by Equity Trustees to respond to the current situation and future emergencies. This initiative will aim to raise an initial sum of $25 million.
The trust will be overseen by an advisory panel chaired by the Hon Jeff Kennett AC and supported by Jennifer Westacott AO, David Gonski AC, Dame Quentin Bryce, Lisa Paul AO, PSM, representatives from the Australian emergency service volunteer organisations and other prominent Australians.
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