Commonwealth assistance for NSW, QLD flood victims
Australian Government Disaster Recovery Payment (AGDRP) of $1,000 per eligible adult and $400 per eligible child is now available for people impacted by a flooding event.
Residents in 26 flood-affected local government areas across New South Wales and Queensland can start applying for Commonwealth financial support through Services Australia from 9am today.
Eligible residents can claim support via myGov or by calling Services Australia on 180 22 66
Claims for AGDRP and DRA for NSW local government areas will be open at 2pm (AEDT) from 1 March 2022
Affected Queensland local government areas can claim AGDRP from 9am (AEST) and can claim DRA from 1pm (AEST) from 1 March 2022
The DRFA assistance provides grants of up to $180 per person, to a maximum of $900 for a family of five or more.
Financial support has now been activated for Northern New South Wales local government areas of Ballina, Bellingen, Byron, Clarence Valley, Coffs Harbour, Kyogle, Lismore, Richmond Valley and Tweed.
Queensland residents in Brisbane, Fraser Coast, Gold Coast, Ipswich, Lockyer Valley, Logan, Moreton Bay, Noosa, Redland, Scenic Rim, Somerset, South Burnett, Southern Downs, Sunshine Coast and Toowoomba local government areas are also included.
These communities are in addition to the local government areas of Gympie and North Burnett, who became eligible to apply on 28 February 2022. Payments are available in Gympie and North Burnett local government areas and the Queensland Government is responsible for activating these payments.
The AGDRP is a one-off, non-means tested payment and is available to eligible people in those affected local government areas who have suffered a significant loss, including a severely damaged or destroyed home or serious injury.
Disaster Recovery Allowance
The Disaster Recovery Allowance (DRA) will also be provided into the 26 affected local government areas.
The DRA assists employees, small business persons and farmers who experience a loss of income as a direct result of a major disaster. This allowance provides for a maximum of 13 weeks payment from the date you have or will have a loss of income as a direct result of a disaster. The DRA payment is set at the maximum equivalent rate of Jobseeker Payment or Youth Allowance, depending on your personal circumstances, and is taxable.
Australian Defence Force personnel continue to support the emergency response efforts and will do more once the water recedes and the recovery effort starts. This includes the arrival of the ADF in Lismore to assist NSW.
For more information on support available, visit servicesaustralia.gov.au/disaster