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East coast severe weather and floods: 19 February 2013

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Disaster Income Recovery Subsidy

The Disaster Income Recovery Subsidy (DIRS) will provide assistance to employees, small business persons and farmers who can demonstrate they have experienced a loss of income as a direct result of the severe weather and flooding that commenced on 19 February 2013 in New South Wales. The DIRS is being made available to individuals in the following Local Government Areas (LGAs):

  • Ballina
  • Bellingen
  • Byron
  • Clarence Valley
  • Coffs Harbour
  • Greater Taree
  • Kempsey
  • Lismore
  • Nambucca
  • Port Macquarie-Hastings
  • Richmond Valley
  • Tweed.

The DIRS provides fortnightly payments equivalent to the maximum rate of Newstart Allowance, depending on the person's circumstances.

The DIRS is available to Australian residents or eligible foreign nationals who are older than 16. 'Eligible foreign nationals' include people who are on permanent visas (but who have not yet met the residency waiting period) and people who are on temporary skilled visas or temporary family visas. The DIRS is not available to those already receiving another income support payment or pension such as Age Pension, Newstart Allowance, Service Pension or Exceptional Circumstances Relief Payment. The DIRS is payable for a period of up to 13 weeks.

Information on how to claim the DIRS is available from the Department of Human Services.

For more information on eligibility, visit the Department of Human Services (Centrelink) website or contact the Emergency Assistance Hotline on 180 2266 for claims for assistance.

Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements

The joint Australian, state and territory governments' Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA) provide a range of financial assistance to the natural disaster-declared areas in each state or territory.

For the severe weather and floods, which occurred on 19 February 2013, the available assistance measures include:

  • personal hardship and distress assistance
  • counter disaster operations
  • restoration of essential public assets
  • concessional loans for small businesses, primary producers and voluntary not-for-profit bodies
  • freight subsidies for primary producers
  • grants to voluntary not-for-profit bodies

NDRRA Category C clean-up and restoration grants are also available for eligible primary producers within the LGAs of:

  • Ballina
  • Bellingen
  • Byron
  • Clarence Valley
  • Coffs Harbour
  • Gloucester
  • Greater Taree
  • Kempsey
  • Lismore
  • Nambucca
  • Port Macquarie-Hastings
  • Richmond Valley.

These grants are available for both this event and the North Coast severe weather and floods (Jan 2013) event. You may only make one claim for these grants regardless of being impacted by both events.

For information on recovery assistance, visit the NSW Ministry for Police & Emergency Services' website.

For further information on recovery arrangements, visit the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements page. ​​​​​​​

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Quick info

State / country
NSW Australia
Name
East coast severe weather and floods: 19 February 2013
Start date
19/02/2013
End date
- - -
AGRN
549