The Disasters Emergency Committee trustees sympathise with the loss of life and homes that have resulted from the Australian bushfires. Australia has extensive resources to deal with major events and the Australian government has not called for support from International aid groups so this situation is not one that calls for DEC support. The British Red Cross appeal is supporting the Australian Red Cross' Victoria Bushfire Appeal, launched in association with the Australian federal government. Donations to the Red Cross appeal will be used to provide assistance to individuals and communities in towns and suburbs affected by the bushfires. An independent panel made up of community leaders will oversee the appeal funds operation.