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Our Impact | One year on from the 2022 NSW & QLD Floods

2022 New South Wales & Queensland Floods | GIVIT's Impact

In February and March 2022, New South Wales and Queensland were battered by floods, causing devastating loss of life and property. As the video below shows, one year on, the recovery continues for many people.

686,571 Items & services provided to flood-impacted communities

371 Organisations have received donated items, services or vouchers

74 Local Government Areas have charities that have placed requests

$10,800,000 Already spent buying essential items & services

107 Tonnes of items have been given a new home

213,444 Items & services donated via online warehouse towards flood recovery

Areas that have received the most items: Lismore, Ballina, Brisbane, Logan, Ipswich, Tweed, Richmond Valley, Hawkesbury, Byron, Moreton Bay

People we've helped

Seven kids of varying ages from the family living in Wardell temporary accommodation who've received items from GIVIT.Wardell

A First Nations family from Cabbage Tree Island lost their home in the floods, escaping with only the clothes they were wearing. Over the past year, mum, dad and seven kids have been forced to move between emergency accommodation four times.

After the family moved into a temporary housing village at Wardell, GIVIT worked with Bunjum Aboriginal Corporation to provide them with household essentials, baby items, groceries, fuel and school uniforms.

Click here to learn more about how GIVIT is helping families living in temporary accommodation villages.

Two ladies with Melinda from Yeronga Community Centre, holding vouchers from GIVIT to buy new household essentials.Yeronga

GIVIT has worked closely with Yeronga Community Centre and other neighbourhood and community centres across Southeast Queensland to help people and families who've lost everything.

Floodwaters inundated Alex* and Renee's* (pictured left) recently purchased two-storey home. GIVIT provided whitegoods, funiture and other essentials to help them move back into their house and get their lives back on track.


GIVIT Engagement Officer Breanna with a female staff member from Book Warehouse LismoreLismore

Floodwaters destroyed 30,000 books and items at Lismore Library. Staff reached out to GIVIT for help.

The big-hearted GIVIT community donated over $12,000 directly towards this request. Officeworks also donated $10,000 worth of books to be purchased locally from Book Warehouse Lismore.

While library repairs are ongoing, donated funds have helped restock the mobile libraries, and the baby and toddler programs are back up and running.


Female volunteers from a Lismore grasroots organisation distributing Christmas trees and decorations to flood-affected locals.Lismore

Nine months after the floods, many families in Lismore were trying to prepare for Christmas without their trees and decorations that were destroyed by floodwaters.

GIVIT provided vouchers for Christmas trees and decorations to Lismore City Council, who worked with local grassroots organisations to distribute the donations to people in hardship.

The items helped people take their minds off flood recovery, and temporarily return to some normality.

A house in Lismore caught fire during the floods

Northern NSW

When Gemma's* home was inundated, she climbed onto the roof to escape the floodwaters.

While she was on the roof, her house caught fire, and she was rescued by a neighbour. Gemma spent the next six hours watching the lower part of her house flood, and the upper part of her house burn.

Through Container of Dreams, GIVIT provided Gemma with a range of vouchers to help her replace destroyed possessions as she recovers. GIVIT has worked extensively with Container of Dreams to assist flood-impacted locals (images below).

A young girl playing on a pony cycle at Lockyer Valley Community CentreLockyer Valley

Lockyer Community Centre's toy library has toys catering for children with disabilities, sensory processing and learning difficulties.

With many families losing homes across the Lockyer Valley, more families than ever are utilising the toy library to borrow toys for their kids.

GIVIT provided vouchers so the centre's staff could purchase especially chosen toys to meet increased demand.

Linda from Haweskbury's Helping Hands and Kirsty from GIVIT holding toys donated by Narwee Public School studentsHawkesbury

Some families in the Hawkesbury region have been through four floods in two and a half years. The student community at Narwee Public School in Sydney donated over 300 gifts for kids impacted by flooding.

Hawkesbury's Helping Hands ensured these presents were under trees in time for Christmas.

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Flood-impacted community members (one male and one female, both holding baskets) pciking up donated clothing from Inala Community HouseInala

Inala Community House held a bazaar where community members affected by the floods could access food and essential items.

The home of a family from New Zealand was severely impacted. The family, which included six kids, two parents and two elderly grandparents, received grocery vouchers and new clothes, including unerwear, bras and jumpers from GIVIT's corporate partner, Hanes Brands Australiasia.

Thank you messages from organisations and recipients

WOW! That might not seem like much but for me – this is HUGE. A bed, a fridge and a washing machine are pretty much all of the ‘major’ items I need to help rebuild my life. Bless you and thank you!


They are so grateful and said to say they do not have the words to express their gratitude. They said we are the fairy godmother of their lives. You are amazing! Thanks to all the GIVIT team.


GIVIT’s generosity has given our devastated community the ability to find happiness in the everyday. Our clients are cooking with family, sleeping in new bedsheets, enjoying new appliances and feeling the joy that is received when you know someone cares about you.

...The Recovery Support Services team are so grateful for our partnership with GIVIT... GIVIT has made a hard and at times heart-wrenching job easier as we are actually able to help our clients with the essential items, they need to rebuild their lives and get back into their homes.


Volunteers accessed through GIVIT have helped bolster our volunteer forces and provided backup to our workforce who were tired, overworked and in many cases, overwhelmed.


GIVIT has been an invaluable organisation to support our clients. As a not-for-profit organisation with limited funding, we have been bewildered by the leaps and bounds GIVIT has gone to ensure our client’s needs are met.

I am truly blessed to have the ongoing support of GIVIT, and personally don’t think I would be able to provide the same service if we didn’t have their continued support. Thank you, GIVIT.


Impact report: one year on from the floods

Previous impact reports

With thanks to our floods supporters

National Disaster and Emergency Partner

GIVIT's impact in the recovery of the NSW floods and the QLD floods is possible thanks to our National Disaster and Emergency Partner, IAG. GIVIT's recovery work is being delivered in collaboration with the Queensland and New South Wales Governments.

We'd like to thank our generous supporters who have made donations of $50,000 or more to GIVIT (as at 23 February 2022) to assist people impacted by the floods.


AFL Players' Association Hare & Forbes Machinery Queensland Country Health Fund
ARA Group Heritage Bank Foundation Queensland Government Department for the Premier and Cabinet
Australia Chung Tai Buddhist Foundation Hillsong Queensland Raceway
Best & Less IAG Rio Tinto
Breakfast Creek Hotel IFM Investors Road Boss Rally
Brisbane Roar Incitec Pivot Salesforce
Buddha's Light International Association JB Hi-Fi Sealy
Bunnings Kmart Secret Sounds
Bupa Foundation Lion Sephora Australia & New Zealand
BWS McTavish Surf SJ Hill Foundation
Charter Hall MECCA Star Entertainment Group
Clayton Utz Mick Fanning Charity Golf Day Target
Country Women's Association of NSW Mirvac The Good Guys
Dan Murphy's Mister Zimi The Lewis Foundation
Dowling Family Foundation Mitsubishi Development The Profield Foundation
Domino's Morgans Foundation The Pratt Foundation
Endeavour Group NAB Foundation The Profield Foundation
Epic Good nabtrade The Pratt Foundation
FM Global Nacap Toyota Australia
Francesca Jewellery Naked Wines Australia Vietnamese Australia Buddhist Assistance Trust
Gold Coast Suns Neumann Benevolent Fund Village Roadshow Theme Parks
Gold Coast Titans New Hope Corporation Vine Apparel
Golding North Bondi Surf Lifesaving Club Wandering Folk
Grafer Foundation NRMA Insurance West Sydney Christian Church
Grange Investments Ocean Alley Yancoal Australia Ltd
Hand Heart Pocket Officeworks  
Hanes Brands Australasia QM Properties  



Recovering from the floods with Neighbourhood Centres Queensland


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