Cash payments of $1000 per adult and $400 per child have been extended to those worst-hit by recent bushfires in Toowoomba and Coffs Harbour.
Assistance is being provided through the Australian Government Disaster Recovery Payment.
Minister for Natural Disaster and Emergency Management David Littleproud said the payment would be on top of assistance already provided to people in the area.
“This will give dignity to those who have suffered the worst in the fires,” Minister Littleproud said.
“This is for people whose homes have been badly damaged or destroyed, who have been severely injured or who have lost a family member.
“Anyone who may meet the criteria should call the Department of Human Services to check their eligibility.”
Income support is also being extended to Bundaberg, the Lockyer Valley, Gold Coast and Toowoomba through the Disaster Recovery Allowance.
The Allowance is also in addition to support payments already announced.
“This will provide up to 13 weeks income support to those who have lost their income as a direct result of the fires,” Minister Littleproud said.
“It’s going to take time for life to return to normal and we’ll 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.”
Claims can be made at www.humanservices.gov.au/disaster or by calling 180 22 66.
More information on disaster assistance is available at www.disasterassist.gov.au.