Byron Shire Mayor, Michael Lyon, has welcomed news from the Australian Government that financial assistance is available to flood victims.
“People in our Shire, and neighbouring council areas, are in shock at the devastation of the floods and this financial help will be very welcome I’m sure,” Mayor Lyon said.
The Australian Government Disaster Recovery Payment (AGDRP) of $1,000 per eligible adult and $400 per eligible child is available for people impacted by a flood event.
The AGDRP is a one-off, non-means tested payment and is available to eligible people in the Byron Shire who have suffered a significant loss, including a severely damaged or destroyed home or serious injury.
The Disaster Recovery Allowance (DRA) is also available.
The DRA helps employees, small business people and farmers who have lost income as a result of the floods.
The allowance provides for a maximum of 13 weeks payment from the date people have, or will lose, income as a result of the disaster.
The DRA is set at the maximum equivalent rate of the Jobseeker payment or Youth Allowance.
How to claim
Claims for the AGDRP and the DRA are open from 2pm today, 1 March 2022.
- Call Services Australia on 180 22 66
- Via the myGov website
- Go to the Services Australia website