Protect Legal Documents As Part Of Bushfire Preparation

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Media release

Wednesday, 23 December 2009


Please note bushfire legal help phone number 1800 113 432


Important legal documents, including proof of identity papers, should be included in Relocation Kits, advises Bushfire

Legal Help.

After the Black Saturday fires, many people lost important documents which made it difficult to prove their identity and

created legal complications.

“Bushfire Legal Help assisted many people to establish their identity, and we advise that it would be a good idea for 

people to copy and store important documents in case they are burnt out,” spokesperson Kerry O’Shea said.

“Many people had trouble finding or replacing wills, mortgage papers, birth certificates, insurance and other

documents after the fires,” she said. 

The Victorian Government and CFA are advising all Victorians to be prepared for the 2010 bushfire season.

This includes packing a Relocation Kit which should contain items of value, important documents and personal

information you will need if you have to leave your home or property.

Bushfire Legal Help has prepared a checklist of information that could be copied and stored. Information is available

Checklist of important information you may need

Birth certificate 


Marriage certificate 


Powers of Attorney papers 

Land and/or house title or certificate 

Mortgage papers 

Rental/leasing documents for home or business rentals 

Current insurance policies and contact details 

Superannuation and investment details 

Employment contract (workers) 

Important business papers (small business) 

Tax file number 

Medicare number 

Health insurance fund number 

Bank account and credit card numbers 

Bushfire Legal Help was established to provide pro bono support legal support and includes Victoria Legal Aid, the

Federation of Community Legal Centres, the Law Institute of Victoria, Victoria Law Foundation, Public Interest Law

Clearing House and the Victorian Bar.

Media release - 23 December 2009

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Further information contact Kerry O’Shea on or  0401 107103.

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