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Assistance for NSW communities affected by storms and floods

Monday, March 22, 2021
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The Australian Government is providing disaster recovery assistance to individuals, businesses and councils affected by the severe storms and flooding that have occurred across New South Wales since 10 March 2021.

To learn more about all the ways the Australian Government is assisting with this event, click here.

Assistance is available to 34 local government areas:

Armidale

Bellingen

Blacktown

Blue Mountains

Camden

Campbelltown

Canterbury Bankstown

Central Coast

Cessnock City

Clarence Valley

Coffs Harbour

Cumberland

Dungog

Fairfield

Hawkesbury

Hornsby

Inner West

Kempsey

Ku-Ring-Gai

Lake Macquarie

Liverpool

Maitland City

Mid-Coast

Nambucca Valley

Newcastle City

Northern Beaches

Parramatta

Penrith

Port Macquarie-Hastings

Port Stephens

Sutherland

Tenterfield

The Hills

Wollondilly

People in these local government areas may be eligible for the Disaster Recovery Payment and the Disaster Recovery Allowance.

The Disaster Recovery Payment is a non-means tested payment of $1000 for eligible adults, and $400 for eligible children. It’s available to people whose homes have been lost or directly damaged and people who have been seriously injured or are an immediate family member of someone who has lost their life.

The Disaster Recovery Allowance is a short-term income support payment to assist people who have experienced a loss of income as a direct result of the storms or floods.

The fastest and easiest way to claim this disaster assistance is over the phone by calling 180 22 66. These Services Australia Disaster Assistance phone lines are open from 8am to 8pm local time, seven days a week.

For more information visit: https://www.servicesaustralia.gov.au/individuals/subjects/new-south-wales-floods-march-2021

Disaster assistance is also available to councils, small businesses, primary producers and non-profit organisations through the joint Australian and NSW Government-funded Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA).

Through the DRFA a range of practical assistance measures are now available to help people get back on their feet and help councils with clean-up and repairs to infrastructure.

For information on personal hardship and distress assistance, contact Service NSW on 13 77 88.

To apply for a concessional loan or grant, contact the NSW Rural Assistance Authority on 1800 678 593 or visit www.raa.nsw.gov.au

To learn more about all the ways the Australian Government is assisting with this event, click here.