Responding to a natural disaster can put significant financial pressure on a state or territory government. In recognition of this, the Australian Government provides funding under the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA) to help them with the relief and recovery costs.
When a major disaster has had such a significant impact on individuals and families that assistance over and above the NDRRA is needed, the Australian Government may provide the Disaster Recovery Payment which is a one-off recovery payment.
Major disasters can have a significant impact on people's ability to earn an income. In such situations, the Australian Government may provide the Disaster Recovery Allowance which is a short-term income support payment.