In media release No 2013/004, issued 1 February 2013, the Assistant Treasurer and Minister Assisting for Deregulation, David Bradbury, declared the following three disasters for the purposes of establishing Australian disaster relief funds:
- The Victorian bushfires - which occurred from 18 January 2013
- The Queensland floods and tornadoes - which occurred from 26 January 2013
- The New South Wales floods - which occurred from 27 January 2013.
These declarations ensure that new funds and qualifying existing funds established for the relief of people in communities affected by these disasters can receive tax deductible donations.