Friday, 10 January 2020
Media release

Extension of Australian government assistance for South Australian bushfires

Payments of $1000 per eligible adult and $400 per eligible child, and income allowance payments are now available to those worst-hit by the bushfires in South Australia.

Assistance is being provided through the Australia Government Disaster Recovery Payment (AGDRP) and Disaster Recovery Allowance (DRA).

Minister for Natural Disaster and Emergency Management, David Littleproud said the AGDRP and would help to provide dignity for those who had suffered a catastrophic loss.

“The AGDRP is for people whose homes have been severely damaged or destroyed, who have been seriously injured or who have lost a family member and puts money straight in their pocket,” Minister Littleproud said.

“The Disaster Recovery Allowance is designed to assist those who have lost their income and need additional support to get back on their feet.

“This support package is on top of the assistance being provided through the jointly funded Commonwealth-State Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangement.”

Equivalent financial assistance will also be available to eligible New Zealand citizens (‘non-protected’ Special Category Visa, subclass 444 holders) affected by the bushfires.

The Australian Government Disaster Recovery Payment and Disaster Recovery Allowance have been activated in the local government area of Kingston in South Australia.

Claims will be open from Friday 10 January 2020. For more information or to make a claim visit www.humanservices.gov.au/disaster or call 180 22 66.

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