Flood relief payments – NSW Government

The Disaster Relief Grant is a disaster relief payment from the Government of New South Wales that is available at any time to eligible individuals or families. If your home or essential household items were destroyed or damaged in a disaster, you may be eligible for disaster relief benefits. If your home has been affected by a flood, you may be eligible for a Disaster Relief Grant from the Government of New South Wales. Resilience NSW also offers a disaster relief grant to those whose homes or essentials have been damaged or destroyed in natural disasters. 

Disaster Recovery Assistance is available to businesses in areas eligible for Local Government Resilience NSW that have been affected by hurricanes and floods. For information about recovery assistance available to small businesses, visit the Service NSW website. For information on all disaster assistance available, call NSW on 13 77 88 or visit nsw.gov.au. To reach a Customer Service Specialist, call NSW Help Desk 7:00 am to 7:00 pm on 13 77 88 or visit the NSW Disaster Assistance Finder. 

For more information on available support, visit servicesaustralia.gov.au/disaster. The same level of support is offered to New Zealand citizens living in affected areas. Eligible New Zealand citizens (unprotected special category visa holders, 444 visa holders) affected by cyclones and floods will also receive the same financial assistance.

The Australian Government Disaster Recovery Payment (AGDRP) provides one-time financial assistance to eligible Australians affected by hurricanes and floods. The Australian Government Disaster Relief Payment (AGDRP) of $1,000 per eligible adult and $400 per eligible child is now available to flood victims. AGDRP is a one-time, non-financial payment that may be received by eligible individuals in affected local government areas who have suffered significant damage, including a badly damaged or destroyed home, or serious injury. 

The Disaster Recovery Primary Producer Grant is a one-time payment of up to $75,000 to provide short-term, targeted relief and recovery assistance, including crop restoration and repair of damaged agricultural infrastructure (e.g., emergency income to help people whose income has declined) . were directly affected by recent hurricanes and flooding for up to 13 weeks. The Australian Government has activated Australian Government Disaster Recovery Payments (AGDRP) and Disaster Recovery Allowance (DRA) to support people severely affected by storms and flooding in the New South Wales. 

The Australian Government’s Crisis Committee and the Australian Government’s Disaster Management Committee are also meeting today to ensure that the Australian Government can be prepared for any additional assistance New South Wales may need. The Australian Government will continue to act quickly to support directly affected communities, especially those whose homes have been severely damaged or flooded. Minister for Public Services Stuart Robert said the Australian Service was waiting for help in areas affected by the disaster. 

Australia Disaster Helplines are now open – the quickest and easiest way to request disaster assistance is to call 180 22 66, the Minister for Public Services said. Disaster financial assistance is now available to people in areas hit by floods and hurricanes in New South Wales, New South Wales, the federal government has announced. On March 24, NAB announced the establishment of a Disaster Relief Fund of up to $3 million to help flood victims in New South Wales, with $2,000 in grants to be made available immediately to affected NAB customers and staff.    

The big four Australian banks are offering assistance to flood-affected people in Queensland and northern New South Wales in northern New South Wales, with some cash grants to affected clients and others offering assistance for short-term payments. Most of the major banks also offer financial aid or disaster relief to their customers – you can find a list of them here. Customers can call 1800 067 497 to inquire about your disaster relief package. 

Flood-affected commodity producers are encouraged to apply for special disaster relief grants to access financial assistance and return to work as soon as possible. Apply directly online through the Rural Assistance Office at www.raa.nsw.gov.au/disaster-assistance/special-disaster-grants-floods. Call New South Wales on 13 77 88 and apply for a disaster recovery grant for a major producer run by the Rural Assistance Authority.

To help partially restore the economy on the east coast of New South Wales, the Government of New South Wales has launched two disaster relief programs for individuals and businesses in flood-affected communities. The Morrison Government also provides Commonwealth State Disaster Recovery Funding (DRFA) funding mechanisms with the Government of Queensland for flood affected residents with hardship personal assistance payments and grants to local councils. The Disaster Recovery Financing Facility (DRFA) of the Australian, State and Territory Combined Governments provides a range of funding for disaster declared areas in each state or territory.

Bellingen County Council has received a disaster declaration and is eligible for category B assistance under the DRFA. In order to transition to Category C Disaster Relief, a local government area must have a loss of 20% of the product in gross value and more than 30% of landowners must be directly affected. Eligible costs may include assistance measures for individuals and households, businesses, primary producers, non-profit organizations, and local and state governments.  

Details on the disaster declarations and relief measures currently available to residents of the NSW Local Government Area can be found on the RAA’s Declared Natural Disasters page. State government disasters are currently Category B, but may be updated as actual casualties are calculated. This will enable NSW and local government to restore and rebuild critical infrastructure, including roads, bridges, schools and hospitals, to more resilient standards to better withstand future disasters. 

National Drought and Flood Relief Agency – works with communities, governments at all levels, charities and agricultural organizations to support farmers and others in rural and regional areas of Australia. Communities impacted by recent hurricanes and floods can still receive personalized recovery assistance by scheduling a one-on-one meeting with a Service NSW Customer Support Specialist. Brett Fifield of the Rural Relief Administration said farmers should prioritize safety while floodwaters still pass through declared disaster areas.

If this all sounds like a lot, the NSW Government has developed an online questionnaire that you can complete to understand exactly which grants and payments qualify for your requirements and how to apply.