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Severe Tropical Cyclone Seroja - 11-12 April 2021

Severe Tropical Cyclone Seroja - 11-12 April 2021

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Australian Government Disaster Recovery Payment

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

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 Tropical Cyclone Seroja.

You have until 16 October 2021 to lodge a claim for AGDRP in the local government areas of Carnamah, Chapman Valley, Greater Geraldton, Mingenew, Morawa, Northampton, Perenjori and Three Springs.

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

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 Tropical Cyclone Seroja.

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 Tropical Cyclone Seroja.

You have until 16 October 2021 to lodge a claim for the New Zealand disaster recovery payment in the local government areas of​ Carnamah, Chapman Valley, Greater Geraldton, Mingenew, Morawa, Northampton, Perenjori and Three Springs.

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 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 Tropical Cyclone Seroja.

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 16 October 2021 to lodge a claim for DRA in the local government areas of Carnamah, Chapman Valley, Greater Geraldton, Mingenew, Morawa, Northampton, Perenjori and Three Springs.​

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 income support allowance

The New Zealand 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 Tropical Cyclone Seroja.

The income support 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 16 October 2021 to lodge a claim for the New Zealand income support allowance in the local government areas of:​Carnamah, Chapman Valley, Greater Geraldton, Mingenew, Morawa, Northampton, Perenjori and Three Springs.​​

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 Tropical Cyclone Seroja from 11 April 2021, the available assistance measures include:

  • personal hardship and distress assistance
  • demolition or rebuilding
  • removal of debris
  • extraordinary counter disaster operations
  • personal and financial counselling
  • counter disaster operations
  • reconstruction of essential public assets
  • interest rate subsidy to small businesses and primary producers
  • freight subsidies for primary producers

Additional Assistance Measures:

Five community recovery officers will be employed over two years to work across the impacted local governments and support the long term recovery of communities.

Funding has been made available for a clean-up assistance program to support the impacted comunity, including small business owners and primary producers. The program will include clean-up and restoration activities for community, recreational, cultural, heritage and environmental assets.

For information on available recovery assistance, visit the DFES - Department of FIre and Emergency Services website.

For further information on recovery arrangements, visit the Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements 2018 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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The above assistance may be available in the following local government area(s)