Expanded Disaster Aid Access for Queenslanders Post-SEQ Storms

Department of Home Affairs

Joint media release with the Hon Nikki Boyd MP

Personal hardship payments are now available for more eligible residents in the Logan City Council and Scenic Rim Regional Council areas in response to the severe storms in South-East Queensland on Christmas night.

This includes grants of $180 for individuals and up to $900 for a family of five or more to cover the costs of essentials like food, clothing and medicine.

A range of other support measures are also available to eligible individuals to help make their home safe to live in, replace household contents, and reconnect essential services like electricity, water and sewerage.

These grants are made available through Commonwealth-State Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA). Additional localities include:

  • Logan City Council - Bahrs Scrub, Eagleby, Edens Landing, Holmview, Logan Village, South Maclean, Stockleigh, Wolffdene, Woodridge.
  • Scenic Rim Regional Council - Allenview, Barney View, Beechmont, Benobble, Biddaddaba, Binna Burra, Birnam, Boyland, Bromelton, Cainbable, Chinghee Creek, Christmas Creek, Cryna, Darlington, Ferny Glen, Flying Fox, Gleneagle, Hillview, Illinbah, Innisplain, Josephville, Kagaru, Kerry, Knapp Creek, Lamington, Laravale, Mount Barney, Mount Gipps, Mount Lindesay, Nindooinbah, Oaky Creek, O'Reilly, Palen Creek, Rathdowney, Running Creek, Sarabah, Southern Lamington, Tabooba, Tabragalba, Tamrookum, Tamrookum Creek, Undullah, Veresdale, Veresdale Scrub, Witheren, Wonglepong.

DRFA funding is also being provided to Logan City Council and Scenic Rim Regional Council for the reconstruction of essential public assets like roads and bridges, and for counter disaster operations including the removal of fallen trees and debris.

The Queensland Reconstruction Authority will continue monitoring local recovery efforts and stands ready to activate further DRFA support where required.

Quotes attributable to Federal Minister for Emergency Management Murray Watt

"This assistance extends support to more Queenslanders impacted by the SEQ storms.

"We continue to support the recovery efforts by the State Government and local Councils. These payments will help those experiencing hardship due to the storms, as well as supporting clean up and repair efforts for entire communities."

Quotes attributable to minister responsible for the Queensland Reconstruction Authority Nikki Boyd

"The Queensland Government continues to work closely with the Australian Government and impacted councils to ensure we support Queenslanders in need.

"If you were impacted by the storms and your locality has been announced as an eligible area, I encourage you to call the Queensland Community Recovery Hotline on 1800 173 349 to access financial support."

Further information

Previously announced eligible localities in City of Gold Coast

Alberton GavenNuminbah Valley
 Arundel Gilston Ormeau
AshmoreGuanabaOrmeau Hills
Biggera WatersHollywellPacific Pines
BilingaHope IslandPalm Beach
BonoginKingsholmeParadise Point
Burleigh HeadsLabradorParkwood
Burleigh WatersLower BeechmontPimpama
CarraraLuscombeReedy Creek
Cedar CreekMaudslandRobina
ClagirabaMerrimacRunaway Bay
CoombabahMolendinarTallebudgera Valley
CoomeraMount NathanTugun
CurrumbinMudgeerabaUpper Coomera
Currumbin ValleyNatural BridgeVarsity Lakes
Currumbin WatersNerangWillow Vale

Previously announced eligible localities in Logan City Council

Cedar Creek


Cedar Grove


Cedar Vale





Veresdale Scrub





Previously announced eligible localities in Scenic Rim Regional Council

  • Canungra
  • Tamborine
  • Tamborine Mountain
  • Beaudesert
  • Kooralbyn

Disaster support available to eligible residents

Personal Hardship Assistance Scheme

  • Emergency Hardship Assistance Grants - $180 per person, up to $900 for a family of five or more to support immediate essential needs such as food, clothing or medical supplies.
  • Structural Assistance Grants - up to $50,000 for uninsured, income-tested owner-occupiers towards the repair or replacement of a disaster damaged dwelling damaged to return it to a safe and habitable condition.
  • Essential Services Hardship Assistance - $150 per person, up to $750 for a family of five or more to assist with immediate needs following the loss of essential services at home for more than five consecutive days.
  • Essential Household Contents Grants - up to $1,765 for individuals and up to $5,300 for couples or families to replace destroyed essential household contents such as bed linen and white goods.

Essential Services Safety and Reconnection Scheme

  • Income-tested grants to help uninsured residents reconnect damaged services like electricity, gas and water. Up to $5,000 per household.

Queenslanders requiring disaster support can contact the

For more information visit www.qld.gov.au/disasterhelp or www.disasterassist.gov.au.

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