Additional federal financial support has been deployed to communities in New South Wales that continue to respond to severe storms and flooding that began in September.
Disaster Recovery Allowance (DRA) is now available to eligible people in 11 more Local Government Areas (LGAs) of: Bega Valley, Junee, Muswellbrook, Nambucca Valley, Shoalhaven, Snowy Monaro, Snowy Valleys, Temora, Walcha and Yass Valley and the Unincorporated Area of New South Wales (Far West Region).
This brings the total number of NSW LGAs receiving the Disaster Recovery Allocation for this event to 66.
The Disaster Recovery Allowance helps employees and sole traders who suffer loss of income as a direct result of a major disaster and is a taxable fortnightly payment payable for a maximum of 13 weeks.
The Australian Government Disaster Recovery Payment (AGDRP) has been extended to 5 local government areas, making one-time, non-means-tested support available for a total of 8 NSW LGAs.
It has been extended to Cootamundra-Gundagai, Forbes, Liverpool Plains, Snowy Valleys and Upper Lachlan. It follows AGDRP activation in Gunnedah, Moree Plains and Narrabri last week.
The payment of $1,000 per eligible adult and $400 per eligible child is available to people who have suffered a significant loss as a result of flooding, including a severely damaged or destroyed home or a serious injury.
Equivalent financial assistance is also available for eligible New Zealand citizens (special category “unprotected” visas, subclass 444 holders).
The easiest way for people to claim is online through myGov, which is available 24 hours a day. For more information on eligibility and how to apply, visit
If people need further help with claiming, they can call the Australian Government’s Emergency Information Line on 180 22 66.
For more information on all the help the Australian and respective state governments have made available to individuals, businesses and councils following the massive flooding in eastern Australia, visit www.nema .gov.au
Quotes attributable to the Minister of Emergency Management, the Honorable Senator Murray Watt:
Floodwaters continue to impact the lives of people in these communities and in many cases prevent them from getting to work.
The Commonwealth Government has made this support available because we don’t want people to put themselves at risk trying to get to work and we don’t want to leave businesses directly affected by this disaster out of pocket. Please remember, if it’s flooded, forget it.
This direct support, both AGDRP and DRA, will help with short-term recovery while we continue to review the type of long-term assistance needed.
Quotes attributable to the Minister of Government Services, the Honorable Bill Shorten:
This payment will directly help people in southeastern Australia who are facing the worst of these floods.
Services Australia staff work hard to process complaints as quickly as possible.
I encourage those affected by the floods to visit the Services Australia website at
Natural disaster events to verify their eligibility for disaster payments, before filing a claim.