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Victorian floods: commencing 6 October 2022

Victorian floods: commencing 6 October 2022

​Australian Government Disaster Recovery Payment

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

The rate of AGDRP is $1000 per eligible adult and $400 per eligible child. Claims for this payment can be lodged with Services Australia  for a period up to 6 months.

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

You have until 23 May 2023 to lodge a claim for AGDRP in the twenty-eight (28) local government areas of: Benalla, Boroondara, Buloke, Campaspe, Central Goldfields, Corangamite, Gannawarra, Golden Plains, Greater Bendigo, Greater Shepparton, Hepburn, Loddon, Macedon Ranges, Maribyrnong, Maroondah, Melbourne, Mitchell, Moira, Moonee Valley, Mornington Peninsula, Mount Alexander, Murrindindi, Northern Grampians, Pyrenees, Strathbogie Wangaratta, Yarra and Yarra Ranges.

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

New Zealand disaster recovery payment

A grant payment is being provided to eligible New Zealand 'non-protected' special category visa (SCV) (subclass 444) holders who have been adversely affected by the floods in Victoria.

The payment rate is $1000 per eligible adult, $1000 per partner or dependent adult and $400 per eligible child. Claims for this payment can be lodged with Services Australia for a period of 6 months.

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

You have until 23 May 2023 to lodge a claim for the New Zealand disaster recovery payment in the twenty-eight (28) local government areas of: Benalla, Boroondara, Buloke, Campaspe, Central Goldfields, Corangamite, Gannawarra, Golden Plains,​ Greater Bendigo, Greater Shepparton, Hepburn, Loddon, Macedon Ranges, Maribyrnong, Maroondah, Melbourne, Mitchell, Moira, Moonee Valley, Mornington Peninsula, Mount Alexander, Murrindindi, Northern Grampians, Pyrenees, Strathbogie, Wangaratta, Yarra and Yarra Ranges.

For eligibility information, visit the Services Australia 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 floods in Victoria.

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

DRA is available to Australian residents who are 16 years and older.

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

You have until 18 May 2023 to lodge a claim for DRA in the fifty-nine (59) local government areas of: Alpine, Ararat, Ballarat, Banyule, Baw Baw, Benalla, Boroondara, Brimbank, Buloke, Campaspe, Casey, Central Goldfields, Colac Otway, Corangamite, East Gippsland, Gannawarra, Glenelg, Golden Plains, Greater Bendigo, Greater Geelong, Greater Shepparton, Hepburn, Hindmarsh, Horsham, Hume, Indigo, Latrobe, Loddon, Macedon Ranges, Manningham, Mansfield, Maribyrnong, Maroondah, Melbourne, Mildura, Mitchell, Moira, Moonee Valley, Moorabool, Mornington Peninsula, Mount Alexander, Moyne, Murrindindi, Northern Grampians, Nillumbik, Pyrenees, Southern Grampians, Strathbogie, Surf Coast, Swan Hill, Towong, Wangaratta, Warrnambool, Wellington, Whittlesea, Wodonga, Wyndham, Yarra Ranges and Yarriambiack and one (1) Alpine Resort of Falls Creek.

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

New Zealand disaster recovery allowance

The New Zealand disaster recovery 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 floods in Victoria.

The disaster recovery allowance provides fortnightly payments for up to 13 weeks up to the applicable rate of JobSeeker Payment or Youth Allowance, depending on the person's circumstances.

The allowance is available to SCV holders who are 16 years and older.

You have until 18 May 2023 to lodge a claim for the New Zealand disaster recovery allowance in the fifty-nine (59) local government areas of: Alpine, Ararat, Ballarat, Banyule, Baw Baw, Benalla, Boroondara, Brimbank, Buloke, Campaspe, Casey, Central Goldfields, Colac Otway, Corangamite, East Gippsland, Gannawarra, Glenelg, Golden Plains, Greater Bendigo, Greater Geelong, Greater Shepparton, Hepburn, Hindmarsh, Horsham, Hume, Indigo, Latrobe, Loddon, Macedon Ranges, Manningham, Mansfield, Maribyrnong, Maroondah, Melbourne, Mildura, Mitchell, Moira, Moonee Valley, Moorabool, Mornington Peninsula, Mount Alexander, Moyne, Murrindindi, Northern Grampians, Nillumbik, Pyrenees, Southern Grampians, Strathbogie, Surf Coast, Swan Hill, Towong, Wangaratta, Warrnambool, Wellington, Whittlesea, Wodonga, Wyndham, Yarra Ranges and Yarriambiack and one (1) Alpine Resort of Falls Creek.

For more information on eligibility, visit the Services Australia 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 Victorian floods, commencing 6 October 2022, the DRFA has been made available in fifty-nine (59) local government areas of: Alpine, Ararat, Ballarat, Banyule, Baw Baw, Benalla, Boroondara, Brimbank, Buloke, Campaspe, Casey, Central Goldfields, Colac Otway, Corangamite, East Gippsland, Gannawarra, Glenelg, Golden Plains, Greater Bendigo, Greater Geelong, Greater Shepparton, Hepburn, Hindmarsh, Horsham, Hume, Indigo, Latrobe, Loddon, Macedon Ranges, Manningham, Mansfield, Maribyrnong, Maroondah, Melbourne, Mildura, Mitchell, Moira, Moonee Valley, Moorabool, Mornington Peninsula, Mount Alexander, Moyne, Murrindindi, Northern Grampians, Nillumbik, Pyrenees, Southern Grampians, Strathbogie, Surf Coast, Swan Hill, Towong, Wangaratta, Warrnambool, Wellington, Whittlesea, Wodonga, Wyndham, Yarra Ranges and Yarriambiack and one (1) Alpine Resort of Falls Creek.

 The available assistance measures may include:

  • personal hardship and distress
  • removal of debris from residential properties
  • counter disaster operations
  • restoration of damaged essential public assets
  • Concessional Interest Rate Loans
  • Freight Subsidy

Additional Recovery Assistance Measures

Under the DRFA, the following extraordinary assistance measures have been activated for this disaster:

  • Clean-up Package: To provide immediate assistance for hazard assessments and clean-up of impacted properties.
  • Community Recovery Officers: Deploy Community Recovery Officers to impacted LGAs to support with identification of the recovery needs.
  • Business and Not-For-Profit Organisation Recovery Grants: Recovery grants of up to $50,000 are available for eligible small businesses and non-profit organisations to support recovery efforts including rebuilding damaged infrastructure and replacing damaged assets.
  • Community Sport Emergency Flood Assistance Grants: Recovery grants up to $5,000 for impacted community sport and recreation clubs to assist them with their recovery.
  • Primary Producer Recovery Grants: Recovery grants of up to $75,000 are available for eligible primary producers to help with recovery and reinstatement activities.
  • Rural Landholder Support Package: Grants of up to $25,000 for impacted landholders, not eligible for assistance under existing support mechanisms, for clean-up activities, damages or losses beyond the vicinity of the residential dwelling.
  • Business Recovery Support Package including:
    • Recovery grants up to $200,000 for eligible medium-sized businesses directly impacted by the floods
    • Business Chamber and Trader Groups program to enable locally-led solution for business activation.
    • Additional support services for directly impacted businesses has been made available for support services to facilitate the development of recovery plans, provide mental health support and assist in grant applications
  • Primary Producer Recovery Support Package to support the acceleration of agricultural recovery and ensure rural and regional Victorians have access to expert advice and support

For information on available recovery assistance, visit the VIC Emergency 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.

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