- Grants of up to $10,000 for eligible home owners and tenants to replace essential items.
- Grants of up to $10,000 to eligible home owners to help with repairs.
Eligible South Australians who are uninsured and have had their principal residence damaged by bushfires can apply for grants of up to $10,000 to help them re-establish their homes.
Minister for Natural Disaster and Emergency Management David Littleproud said the payments would help repair bushfire damaged homes.
“This can help fix damage to your house or replace essential household items,” Minister Littleproud said.
“This puts cash in the pockets of those most in need and helps to give them dignity.
“It will also help to make sure that bushfire affected communities can be restored.
“Recovery will take time and further assistance will be made available if it is needed.”
Minster for Human Services Michelle Lensink said the loss of homes was devastating, however many people affected by the Cudlee Creek, Kangaroo Island, Angle Vale fires would be covered by their insurance policies.
She said these new grants were intended for people who were uninsured.
“South Australians directly affected by the state’s devastating bushfires these past few weeks have endured heartbreaking hardship this Christmas,” said Minister Lensink.
“For households without insurance, we recognise that this is a particularly distressing time.
“We recognise that there are some items that can never be replaced but we hope that these grants will go some way in helping people begin to re-build their lives and their homes.”
The payments are available only to those persons who meet the following criteria:
- Their primary residence has been damaged
- They meet an income test
- Their losses are not being met by insurance, compensation or other assistance measure
The structure/dwelling component of the grant can only be paid to owner-occupiers
- The essential household and personal item component may be paid to owner-occupiers or tenants.
Minister Lensink said people are able to apply for these grants at the Emergency Relief Centres at Highbury and Mt Barker.
“Emergency relief staff are already in touch with many of those affected by the fires through the relief centres,” said Minister Lensink.
Assistance is being provided under the jointly funded Commonwealth-State Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements.
To check for income eligibility go to http://www.sa.gov.au and go to the section for public and community housing and income and asset limits.
The SA Housing Authority will administer the grants under its Emergency Relief arrangements.