Federal assistance extended for Victoria storms and floods

  • ​Australian Government support payments activated for five additional local government areas across Victoria. 

  • Quickest and easiest way to claim is to call 180 22 66. 

  • Eligible recipients can make claims from Friday 2 July 2021. 

  • Check eligibility at
    www.servicesaustralia.gov.au/disaster​. ​​​

  • The Australian Government has activated the Australian Government Disaster Recovery Payment (AGDRP) and Disaster Recovery Allowance (DRA) to support an additional five local government areas affected by the June storms and flooding across Victoria.

    Support through the AGDRP and DRA is now available to the local government areas of Baw Baw, Cardinia, Mornington Peninsula, South Gippsland and Wellington. 

    Minister for Emergency Management David Littleproud said the five local government areas announced are in addition to Hepburn, Latrobe, Moorabool and Yarra Ranges, taking the total to nine local government areas. 

    “The AGDRP provides a one-off, non-means tested payment of $1,000 for eligible adults and $400 for eligible children who have suffered a significant loss, including a severely damaged or destroyed home, serious injury or who have lost a family member,” Littleproud said. 

    “The DRA provides a short-term income support payment to assist individuals whose income has been affected because of this awful event. 

    “By making these payments available, the Australian Government is helping people get back on their feet with dignity and respect.” 

    ​People eligible for DRA can access income assistance for up to 13 weeks, equivalent to the maximum rate of Jobseeker Payment or Youth Allowance. 

    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. 

    More information on Australian Government disaster assistance is available at
    www.disasterassist.gov.au​​

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