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Disaster assistance for communities hit by ex-TC Seroja

Thursday, April 15, 2021
Western Australia

The Australian Government is providing disaster assistance to communities affected by ex-Tropical Cyclone Seroja in Western Australia, which made landfall between Kalbarri and Port Gregory on Sunday evening (11 April 2021) and continued to wreak havoc as it passed across the southern interior of the state.

To find out what Australian Government assistance is available in your area, visit Recovery Connect.

This was the first time Western Australia has seen a weather event of this severity that far south in almost 50 years. It caused devastating and wide-ranging impacts on homes, businesses and public infrastructure.

People in the local government area of Northampton may be eligible for Disaster Recovery Payment (AGDRP) and Disaster Recovery Allowance (DRA).

The one-off AGDRP of $1,000 for eligible adults and $400 for eligible children is for people who have been seriously affected. The DRA provides a short-term income support payment for those whose livelihoods have been hit.

The quickest and easiest way to claim support is to call Services Australia on 180 22 66. Phone lines are open from 8:00am to 5:00pm, and you can check your eligibility at www.servicesaustralia.gov.au/disaster.

Under joint Australian and Western Australian Government Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA), financial assistance is available for the local government areas of Chapman Valley, Dalwallinu, Greater Geraldton, Morawa, Northampton and Shark Bay.

This may include:

  • help for eligible people whose homes or belongings have been damaged
  • support for affected local councils to help with the costs of cleaning up and restoring damaged essential public assets
  • concessional interest rate loans for small businesses and primary producers, and
  • freight subsidies for primary producers.

The Australia Government will continue assessing the impacts of the disaster and will offer further support if necessary.

More information on Australian Government disaster assistance is available at www.disasterassist.gov.au