EERN is volunteer operated with no paid staff.

Annual operating costs are approximately $100,000. This includes maintenance of two vans, two warehouses as well as necessary maintenance and upgrades of the equipment and warehouses.

EERN receives no recurrent Federal or State Government funding.

The most recent annual report and financial statements can be found on the ACNC website at Eastern Emergency Relief Network Inc | Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (

EERN expenditure has two main components:

  1. Operating costs
  2. Purchases subject to available grant funds including purchases of essential emergency aid supplies, mainly food and bedding.

Funding EERN Activities:

Annual membership fees from Member agencies cover less than 1/4 of the annual costs of operating the EERN business.

Ongoing running costs of EERN and reinvestment and upgrading EERN equipment and facilities are dependent upon donations from our many generous supporters including:

  • The City of Whitehorse and philanthropic trusts,
  • Local service and common interest groups including Lions and Rotary Clubs
  • Several generous private donors whose donations are particularly appreciated.

Cash donations are used to directly support EERN operating activities or for capital projects.

As a registered charity, all donations to EERN ($2.00 and above) are tax deductible.

EERN Resources in 2021

EERN has grown, and now own two warehouses from which EERN’s services are delivered.

EERN volunteers test and tag all electrical items assessed as fit for purpose and meet all legal requirements. Thanks to the generosity and support of the City of Whitehorse over several years, EERN has been able to purchase new pillows, doonas, sheet sets and blankets for beds distributed to Agency clients.