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Southern Queensland Bushfires: 6-12 September 2019

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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 11 March 2020 to lodge a claim for DRA in the local government areas of Noosa, Scenic Rim, Southern Downs and Sunshine Coast.

Claims for DRA can be made from Monday 16 September 2019. 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 11 March 2020 to lodge a claim for the ex-gratia income support allowance in the local government areas of Noosa, Scenic Rim, Southern Downs and Sunshine Coast.

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.

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 15 April 2020 to lodge a claim for AGDRP in the local government areas of Noosa, Scenic Rim, Southern Downs and Sunshine Coast.

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 15 April 2020 to lodge a claim for the ex-gratia disaster recovery payment in the local government areas of Noosa, Scenic Rim, Southern Downs and Sunshine Coast.

For eligibility information, visit the Department of Human Services website or contact the Australian Government Information Hotline on 180 22 66 for claims 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 parts of southern Queensland from 6 September 2019, the available assistance measures include: 

  • Personal Hardship Assistance Scheme in the four (4) local government areas of:
    • Noosa – certain areas only
    • Scenic Rim – certain areas only
    • Southern Downs – certain areas only
    • Sunshine Coast – certain areas only
  • Essential Services Safety and Reconnection Scheme in the four (4) local government areas of:
    • Noosa – certain areas only
    • Scenic Rim – certain areas only
    • Southern Downs – certain areas only
    • Sunshine coast – certain areas only
  • Disaster Assistance Loans - primary producers, small business and not-for-profits
    • Scenic Rim
    • Southern Downs
  • Disaster Assistance (Essential Working Capital) Loans – primary producers, small business and not-for-profits
    • Scenic Rim
    • Southern Downs
  • Freight subsidies for primary producers
    • Scenic Rim
    • Southern Downs
  • Counter Disaster Operations is available is available in the five (5) local government areas of:
    • Gold Coast
    • Noosa
    • Scenic Rim
    • Southern Downs
    • Sunshine Coast
  • Reconstruction of essential public assets in two (2) local government areas of:
    • Gold Coast
    • Scenic Rim

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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