Up to 13 weeks income support has been made available to those worst-hit by the New South Wales and Queensland bushfires.
Minister for Natural Disaster and Emergency Management David Littleproud said the Disaster Recovery Allowance would be extended to people living in another 19 local council areas.
"This is money in people's pockets at a time when they can't go to work," Minister Littleproud said.
"This is for people in these areas who have lost their income as a direct result of the fires.
"The fires are affecting businesses, workplaces and employees putting a stop to pay cheques.
"The allowance is paid on top of the support we're already providing under our jointly-funded arrangement with the states.
"Anyone who wants to apply for the allowance should contact the Department of Human Services to check their eligibility.
"We will not walk away from these communities and will provide further support as needed."
The Disaster Recovery Allowance is available a total of 35 Local Government Areas.
New South Wales: Armidale, Ballina, Bellingen, Blue Mountains, Byron, Cessnock, Clarence Valley, Coffs Harbour, Glen Innes Severn, Gwydir, Hawkesbury, Inverell, Kempsey, Ku-ring-gai, Kyogle, Lake Macquarie, Lismore, Lithgow, Mid-Coast, Nambucca, Narrabri, Oberon, Penrith, Port Macquarie-Hastings, Richmond Valley, Singleton, Sutherland, Tamworth, Tenterfield, Tweed, Uralla and Walcha.
Queensland: Livingstone, Noosa and Scenic Rim.
Information on Federal disaster assistance can be found at
www.disasterassist.gov.au. People can check their eligibility or apply by calling 180 22 66 or at