“In fact, all the funds will be used for bushfire relief and recovery,” the spokeswoman said.
“People have been donating to the Disaster Relief and Recovery Fund since before the bushfires started.
“We are using five million from what’s been donated to fund our emergency teams on the ground – which was the purpose of the fund – and all the rest will be used to help bushfire-affected people and communities now and as they recover.
“The donated funds are all going to the humanitarian response to the bushfires.
“A million dollars is going out the door each day, straight to people whose homes were destroyed and to the next of kin of those who have died.”
In a pinned tweet and Facebook post on Saturday, the Red Cross wrote: “Thank you for your support and we hope to be back talking to you soon.”
On Friday, Red Cross posted details on Facebook of what it was doing to support communities affected by this summer’s bushfires and how people’s donations were helping.
The post drew criticism and support.
One person commented: “Just hurry up and give the money donated to the people who need it NOW and keep faith with the Donors.”
Another wrote: “Understand it costs to do the job, but to take $100.000 per every million is a bit much.”
Red Cross defended itself replying that it had put an initial $30 million into emergency grants for people whose homes had been destroyed and given $20,000 bereavement payments to families of the deceased.
“The support costs to get this done will be less than 10 cents in the dollar. You can see our plans at redcross.org.au/bushfirefunds.”
Victoria Police has been contacted for comment.
Goya Dmytryshchak is a reporter for The Age.