Over the last week we have seen absolute devastation across Queensland and down into Northern NSW with the flooding. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all those that have been affected by the floods. We have no doubt that the community spirit will rise to the occasion once again and help those people get back on their feet. If you are in any way impacted by this devastation, we are here to help, so please reach out!
Commonwealth Financial Assistance for Queensland Flood Victims
Queenslanders in communities impacted by the unfolding flooding disaster across the state’s South East can apply for Commonwealth financial support from Monday 28 February. The Morrison Government has activated the Disaster Recovery Payment (AGDRP) of $1000 per eligible adult and $400 per eligible child to support people impacted by the South East Queensland flooding event that began on 22 February.
The Disaster Recovery Payment 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. Residents in 26 flood affected local government areas across Queensland and New South Wales can start applying for Commonwealth financial support through Services Australia from 9am tomorrow.
This includes affected 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. Financial support has also been activated for Northern New South Wales local government areas of Ballina, Bellingen, Byron, Clarence Valley, Coffs Harbour, Kyogle, Lismore, Richmond Valley and Tweed. These communities are in addition to the local government areas of Gympie and North Burnett, who become eligible to apply on February 28.
The Government is closely monitoring the flood emergency and they expect further Commonwealth assistance to be extended to other impacted regions and local government areas as the flood impact is known. Australian Defence Force personnel continue to support the emergency response efforts and will do more once the water recedes and the recovery effort starts.
In addition to the above the government is providing The Disaster Recovery Allowance (DRA) to 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. You might be eligible 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 is taxable.
Services Australia’s Disaster Assistance phone line (180 22 66) is available for those who are unable to claim online from 1pm Queensland time, Monday 28 February. For more information on support available, click the link below.
Again, please reach out to us if you require any assistance!
Please stay safe!