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Emergency funding available for flood-affected residents


Flood-affected Queenslanders in Gympie, Bundaberg and Fraser Coast can apply for emergency financial support, the Federal Government has announced.

The Disaster Recovery Payment is a one-off, non-means tested payment of $1,000 for eligible adults and $400 for eligible children for up to 13 weeks to help flood victims slowly get back on their feet.

This payment is available to anyone in those affected local government areas who has suffered a significant loss, including a severely damaged or destroyed home or serious injury.

Queenslanders in Fraser Coast, Gympie and Bundaberg communities impacted by the current flooding event can apply for the financial support from Tuesday, January 11.

Minister for Emergency Management and National Recovery and Resilience Senator Bridget McKenzie said a number of communities had been seriously impacted by severe flooding and storm damage, with one life tragically lost.

“The Disaster Recovery Allowance provides a short-term income support payment to assist individuals whose income has been affected because of this disastrous event. The Allowance is available for up to 13 weeks, equivalent to the maximum rate of Jobseeker Payment or Youth Allowance.”

Acting Minister for Government Services, Senator the Hon Anne Ruston encouraged residents impacted by the floods to lodge a claim for assistance.

“The easiest and fastest way to claim the Disaster recovery payment is online through myGov. People can prepare to claim by creating a myGov account if they don’t already have one,” Minister Ruston said.

“For Disaster Recovery Allowance people will need to claim over the phone, by calling the Australian Government Emergency Information Line on 180 22 66.”

The Federal Government is also pausing Centrelink debt raising and new debt recovery in those LGAs.

“Staff from Services Australia are available to take calls between 8am to 5pm local time, Monday to Friday.”

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Equivalent financial assistance will also be available to eligible New Zealand citizens (‘non-protected’ Special Category Visa, subclass 444 holders) affected by the storms and floods.


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