Flood relief payment: How to claim AU$1000 for disaster recovery

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  • Affected residents of NSW can claim the flood relief payments provided they fulfil the eligibility criteria.
  • The government has added six new local government areas to the list of existing LGAs.
  • The government has stated that sophisticated intelligence systems are in place to ensure that nobody misuses the payments.

Floods in New South Wales have left behind a serious trail of disruption and chaos. In response, the government has decided to offer flood relief in 29 local government areas (LGAs) in NSW. People affected by severe storms and flooding can apply for recovery payments up to AU$1,000.

The relief offered is subject to eligibility and ranges from AU$400 per child to AU$1,000 per adult. Additionally, the relief is applicable to those individuals residing in the LGAs that have been severely impacted by floods and have lost their homes or suffered an injury.

$1000 disaster relief payments available for residents in flooded areas of NSW

The Australian government has extended relief to six additional LGAs in NSW. These include local governments of Bayside, Dungog, Lake Macquire, Maitland, Singleton and Upper Lachlan. The Disaster Recovery Allowance would also assist employees and sole traders who have had a direct loss of income due to floods.

The Disaster Recovery Allowance is taxable and is payable up to a maximum of 13 weeks. While the damage continues to be assessed, the payment program by the Anthony Albanese government would offer some relief to affected households.

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Who is eligible?

The cash payment can be availed by residents who stay in the 29 local government areas that have been declared disaster zones. Individuals can claim relief if they have been seriously affected by storms or floods. In addition, if the devastation has also impacted an individual's dependent child, then they are eligible for the relief payment.

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Those belonging to the following categories are eligible for the relief payment:

  • Suffering from serious injury due to the natural disaster
  • Being an immediate family member of an Australian citizen or resident who died or is missing
  • Have lost their home or suffered major damage to it or a major asset inside the house.

Those part of a couple can file in for individual payments, but each adult must make a separate claim. Child payments apply to those aged under 16 years. Even New Zealanders are eligible for the relief, provided certain criteria are met.

How to claim the payment?

Flood victims can follow the below-mentioned steps to claim their payments:

  1. myGov account: The first and foremost requirement is setting up a myGov account, which can be done online. Australian residents or protected visa holders can set up their accounts online. Those who face an issue can call Services Australia on the emergency information line.
  1. Linking myGov account to Centrelink: Those who have filed a claim on Centrelink before setting up a myGov account can link their existing claim to their myGov using the Centrelink Customer Reference Number (CRN). This CRN helps link Centrelink to the myGov account.

Those who have not filed a claim on Centrelink, need to prove their identity using their myGov account. This requires providing details from two acceptable sources of identity and the Medicare card. This will be followed by some personal information that must be entered to get the claims.

Those individuals who have applied for relief on Centrelink but do not have their CRN would have to follow the process from scratch.

  1. Making a claim: After finishing the above steps, the relief payment is just one click away. Individuals can sign into their myGov account (which is linked to Centrelink) and click “Apply for Disaster Recovery Payment”.

While the process seems easy and highly accessible, individuals should not misuse the provision of flood relief payments. Government officials have highlighted that sophisticated intelligence systems are in place to ensure that nobody misuses the system.

The relief payments have been introduced to make the lives of affected individuals easier. However, many individuals have had their lives turned upside down by the recent floods, and they believe that no amount of monetary relief can reverse that damage.



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