20 January 2020

ACT documents to be replaced free of charge for bushfire victims

| Ian Bushnell
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Some victims lost everything. Photo: Lisa Herbert.

Bushfire victims who have lost key documents issued in the ACT, such as birth certificates, can have them replaced free of charge, the ACT Government has announced.

Minister for Business and Regulatory Services Gordon Ramsay said documents such as birth certificates, marriage certificates and change of name certificates destroyed in the fires can be replaced at no charge by contacting Access Canberra or through the Disaster Recover Centre in NSW.

“Losing a family home or property is distressing enough without the added worry of having important identification documents also destroyed or lost by bushfire,” Mr Ramsay said.

“By providing a free and easy way for people to re-attain these documents, that were previously issued in the ACT, we hope that it can make the recovery process a little bit easier.”

The government had received 15 applications for replacement documents so far, made through the Disaster Recovery Centre in NSW or directly to Access Canberra.

“Access Canberra will continue to support affected residents as the recovery process from bushfires takes place,” Mr Ramsay said.

To replace ACT issued documentation destroyed by the recent bushfires at no charge, Access Canberra can be contacted on 13 22 81 or at www.act.gov.au/accessCBR

To keep up to date with the latest on notifications and fire alerts for the ACT please visit, www.esa.act.gov.au.

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