Up to 13 weeks income support is now available to those worst-hit by bushfires in the Central Coast, Eurobodalla, Mid-Western, Muswellbrook, Queanbeyan-Palerang, Shoalhaven, Upper Hunter and Wollondilly council areas.
The financial support is being provided through the Australian Government Disaster Recovery Allowance.
Minister for Natural Disaster and Emergency Management David Littleproud said the allowance was for those who’d lost their income as a direct result of the fires.
“This lets people who can’t earn an income because of the fires stay in their homes,” Minister Littleproud said.
“It’s going to take some time to rebuild and this will keep communities together while that happens.
“The Federal Government will keep standing shoulder-to-shoulder with these communities until they’re back on their feet.
“We will make further support available for bushfire affected communities as it is needed.
“Anyone who has been out of work because of the fires should contact the Department of Human Services to check their eligibility.”
Claims will be open from Wednesday 11 December 2019. For more information or to make a claim visit www.humanservices.gov.au/disaster or call 180 22 66.
More information on disaster assistance is available at www.disasterassist.gov.au