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Eastern Queensland Bushfires: 7 October - 19 December 2019

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Australian Government Disaster Recovery Payment

The Australian Government Disaster Recovery Payment (AGDRP) provides one-off financial assistance to eligible Australians adversely affected by the bushfires.

The rate of AGDRP is $1000 per eligible adult and $400 per eligible child. Claims for this payment can be lodged with​ the Department of Human Services for a period up to six months.

AGDRP is available for people who have been seriously injured, have lost their homes or whose homes have been directly damaged, or are the immediate family members of a person who has died, as a direct result of the bushfires.

You have until 21 May 2020 to lodge a claim for AGDRP in the local government areas of Livingstone, Noosa, Somerset and Toowoomba.

For more information on eligibility, visit the Department of Human Services website or contact the Australian Government Information Hotline on 180 22 66 for claims assistance.

New Zealand ex-gratia disaster recovery payment

An ex-gratia payment is being provided to eligible New Zealand 'non-protected' special category visa (SCV) (subclass 444) holders who have been adversely affected by the bushfires.

The payment rate is $1000 per eligible adult, $1,000 per partner or dependent adult and $400 per eligible child. Claims for this payment can be lodged with the Department of Human Services for a period of six months.

The payment is available for SCV holders who have been seriously injured, have lost their homes or whose homes have been directly damaged, or are the immediate family members of a person who has died, as a direct result of the bushfires.

You have until 21 May 2020 to lodge a claim for the ex-gratia disaster recovery payment in the local government areas of Livingstone, Noosa, Somerset and Toowoomba.

For more information on eligibility, visit the Department of Human Services website or contact the Australian Government Information Hotline on 180 22 66 for claims assistance.

Disaster Recovery Allowance

The Disaster Recovery Allowance (DRA) provides income support payments to employees, primary producers and sole traders who can demonstrate they have experienced a loss of income as a direct result of the bushfires.

DRA provides fortnightly payments for up to 13 weeks up to the applicable rate of Newstart or Youth Allowance, depending on the person's circumstances.

DRA is available to Australian residents who are sixteen years and older.

DRA is not available to those already receiving another income support payment or pension such as the Age Pension, Newstart Allowance or Service Pension.

You have until 21 May 2020 to lodge a claim for DRA in the local government areas of Bundaberg, Gold Coast, Livingstone, Lockyer Valley, Noosa, Scenic Rim, Somerset, Southern Downs and Toowoomba.

For more information on eligibility, visit the Department of Human Services website or contact the Australian Government Information Hotline on 180 22 66 for claims for assistance.

New Zealand ex-gratia income support allowance

An ex-gratia income support allowance is available to eligible New Zealand 'non-protected' special category visa (SCV) (subclass 444) holders who can demonstrate they have experienced a loss of income as a direct result of the bushfires.

The income support allowance provides fortnightly payments for up to 13 weeks up to the applicable rate of Newstart or Youth Allowance, depending on the person's circumstances.

The allowance is available to SCV holders who are sixteen years and older.

You have until 21 May 2020 to lodge a claim for the ex-gratia income support allowance in the local government areas of Bundaberg, Gold Coast, Livingstone, Lockyer Valley, Noosa, Scenic Rim, Somerset, Southern Downs and Toowoomba.

For more information on eligibility, visit the Department of Human Services website or contact the Australian Government Information Hotline on 180 22 66 for claims for assistance.

Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements

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

For the bushfires which impacted eastern Queensland between 7 October and 19 December 2019, the available assistance measures include:

  • Personal hardship assistance scheme in certain parts of the seven (7) local government areas of:
    • Bundaberg
    • Gladstone
    • Livingstone
    • Noosa
    • Scenic Rim
    • Somerset
    • Toowoomba
  • Essential Services Safety and Reconnection scheme in certain parts of the seven (7) local government areas of:
    • Gladstone
    • Bundaberg
    • Livingstone
    • Noosa
    • Scenic Rim
    • Somerset
    • Toowoomba
  • Counter disaster operations in the twelve (12) local government areas of:
    • Bundaberg
    • Gladstone
    • Gold Coast
    • Gympie
    • Ipswich
    • Livingstone
    • Lockyer Valley
    • Noosa
    • Scenic Rim
    • Somerset
    • Southern Downs
    • Toowoomba
  • Disaster assistance (small business) loans in the six (6) local government areas of:
    • Bundaberg
    • Gladstone
    • Livingstone
    • Noosa
    • Somerset
    • Toowoomba
  • Disaster assistance (primary producer) loans in the eleven (11) local government areas of:
    • Bundaberg
    • Gladstone
    • Gympie
    • Ipswich
    • Livingstone
    • Lockyer Valley
    • Noosa
    • Scenic Rim
    • Somerset
    • Southern Downs
    • Toowoomba
  • Disaster assistance (essential working capital) loans for primary producers in the eleven (11) local government areas of:
    • Bundaberg
    • Gladstone
    • Gympie
    • Ipswich
    • Livingstone
    • Lockyer Valley
    • Noosa
    • Scenic Rim
    • Somerset
    • Southern Downs
    • Toowoomba
  • Freight subsidies for primary producers in the eleven (11) local government areas of:
    • Bundaberg
    • Gladstone
    • Gympie
    • Ipswich
    • Livingstone
    • Lockyer Valley
    • Noosa
    • Scenic Rim
    • Somerset
    • Southern Downs
    • Toowoomba
  • Reconstruction of essential public assets in the two (2) local government areas of:
    • Scenic Rim
    • Southern Downs

Category C Assistance

Recovery grants of up to $25,000 are also available for eligible primary producers in targeted areas of Livingstone LGA.

For information on available recovery assistance, visit the Queensland Reconstruction Authority website.

For further information on recovery arrangements, visit the Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements page.

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade will replace passports that have been lost or damaged in declared natural disasters free of charge, visit the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade website.​​​​

The above assistance may be available in the following local government area(s)

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