Monday, 10 January 2022

Federal Government assistance for people impacted by flooding

From tomorrow, residents in Hinkler impacted by the current flooding event can apply for financial support from the Australian Government.

The Australian Government Disaster Recovery Payment (AGDRP) and Disaster Recovery Allowance (DRA) will be available from 8am Tuesday, 11 January 2022 to support people in the local government areas of Bundaberg and Fraser Coast.

Federal Member for Hinkler Keith Pitt said a number of people in Hinkler had been impacted by flooding and storm damage, but financial assistance was available.

“Living in Queensland we know how volatile the weather can be, but as we have done in the past, we will come together and support one another as the clean-up and recovery begins,” Mr Pitt said.

“The Disaster Recovery Payment is a one-off, non-means tested payment of $1,000 for eligible adults and $400 for eligible children. This payment is available to anyone in Hinkler who has suffered a significant loss, including a severely damaged or destroyed home or serious injury.

“The Disaster Recovery Allowance will provide 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.

“I encourage local residents impacted by the floods to check their eligibility and lodge a claim for assistance.”

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.

People can claim the Disaster Recovery Payment online through myGov. For the Disaster Recovery Allowance people will need to claim over the phone, by calling the Australian Government Emergency Information Line on 180 22 66.

To check your eligibility visit www.servicesaustralia.gov.au/disaster

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