Financial support for those affected by the South East Australian floods
Joint Press Release with Hon Anthony Albanese MP and Hon Bill Shorten MP
The Australian Government has acted quickly to support residents of Victoria, Tasmania and New South Wales affected by the massive ongoing floods, by making disaster relief payments available to individuals in 44 areas of additional local government.
In Victoria, the Disaster Recovery Allowance is available to people from the 23 LGAs of Alpine, Benalla, Buloke, Campaspe, Central Goldfields, Corangamite, Gannawarra, Greater Bendigo, Greater Shepparton, Hepburn, Horsham, Loddon, Macedon Ranges, Mansfield, Maribyrnong, Mitchell Shire, Moira, Moonee Valley, Murrindindi, Northern Grampians, Pyrenees, Strathbogie and Wangaratta.
The Disaster Recovery Allowance has been made available to help employees and sole traders who suffer loss of income as a direct result of a major disaster and is payable for a maximum of 13 weeks. The DRA is taxable.
In Tasmania, the Disaster Recovery Allowance is available to people from the 17 LGAs of Break O’Day, Burnie, Central Coast, Central Highlands, Circular Head, Devonport, Dorset, Flinders, George Town, Kentish, Latrobe, Launceston, Meander Valley, North Midlands, Waratah-Wynyard, West Coast and West Tamar.
In New South Wales, the Disaster Recovery Allowance is available to people from the 4 additional LGAs of Central Coast, Coonamble, Goulburn-Mulwaree and Parkes, bringing the total number of NSW LGAs receiving support from the NSW to 31. Australian government for this event.
In addition, given the number of affected homeowners in particular LGAs, the one-time payment of $1,000 per eligible adult and $400 per eligible child for Australian Government Disaster Recovery is available for people who live in LGAs. Victorian towns of Campaspe, Greater Shepparton, Maribyrnong, Mitchell and Strathbogie and in the Tasmanian LGAs of Central Coast, Kentish and Meander Valley, which suffered significant loss as a result of the floods, including a badly damaged or destroyed house or serious injury .
Equivalent financial assistance will also be available for eligible New Zealand citizens (special category “unprotected” visas, subclass 444 holders) affected by the floods.
Complaints can be made from 2 p.m. on Sunday and they can be made 24 hours a day.
For more information on eligibility and how to apply, visit the Services Australia website.
Quotes attributable to the Prime Minister
“It’s heartbreaking to think that for many people this is the third or fourth time in 18 months that their lives have been disrupted by a natural disaster of this magnitude.”
“Over the past few years, our resilience has been tested time and time again, and a lot of people are doing it hard.”
“I want everyone in an area affected by flooding to know that the Commonwealth is ready and committed to providing support now and throughout the recovery.”
Quotes attributable to the Minister of Government Services, the Honorable Bill Shorten
“These are the most difficult times for people and we want to help communities get back on their feet.”
“This is a modest payment to help flood victims help out.”
“Services Australia’s priority is to help people access essential disaster assistance, and staff have been mobilized to provide support on the ground.”
“Flood-affected people can check their eligibility for the Australian Government’s Disaster Recovery Payment and Disaster Recovery Allowance on the Services Australia website at servicesaustralia.gov.au/ disasterevents, before filing a support request.”
“The easiest way to claim is online through MyGov. Online claiming is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Claims can be submitted from 2 p.m. on Sundays.
“If people need further help with making a claim, they can call the Australian Government’s Emergency Information Line on 180 22 66 from 2pm on Sunday.”
Quotes attributable to the Minister of Emergency Management, the Honorable Senator Murray Watt
“This is a very serious situation in several states and the Albanian government has worked closely with national and local authorities to make financial assistance available as quickly as possible.
“We know that other communities could be affected by these floods over the next few days.
“As the extent of the damage begins to become more apparent, we will continue to work to provide assistance where needed.”