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Saturday, 09 February 2019
Media release

Extension to Australian government assistance for Queensland flooding

Assistant Minister for Home Affairs Senator the Hon. Linda Reynolds today announced that the Australian Government is extending the Australian Government Disaster Recovery Payment (AGDRP) and Disaster Recovery Allowance (DRA) to more flood affected communities in Queensland.

"Affected individuals in the local government areas (LGAs) of Burke, Charters Towers, Cloncurry, Flinders, McKinlay, Palm Island, Richmond and Winton will now have access to these payments," Assistant Minister Reynolds said.

"Flood waters have severely affected these communities, damaging residential properties and affecting businesses and employees.

"It will take some time for people's lives to return to normal and these payments will ensure that those affected have extra assistance to help them recover as quickly as possible.

"People in these additional local government areas can apply for the AGDRP and DRA through the Department of Human Services from Monday 11 February 2019."

The AGDRP provides a one-off, non-means tested payment of $1,000 for eligible adults and $400 for eligible children who have been adversely affected by the floods.

AGDRP is available for people whose homes have been lost or directly damaged and people who have been seriously injured.

The DRA provides a short-term income support payment to assist individuals who can demonstrate their income has been affected as a direct result of the floods.

People eligible for DRA can access income assistance for up to 13 weeks, equivalent to the maximum rate of Newstart Allowance or Youth Allowance.

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

"The AGDRP and DRA are now available in a total of 13 flood affected LGAs," Assistant Minister Reynolds said.

"This demonstrates the Australian Government's commitment to helping people in flood affected communities across Queensland."

The 13 LGAs activated for the AGDRP and DRA are Burke, Burdekin, Charters Towers, Cloncurry, Cook, Douglas, Flinders, McKinlay, Palm Island, Richmond, Townsville, Winton and Wujal Wujal.

The Australian Government assistance announced today is over and above the support already being provided for these areas under the jointly funded Commonwealth-State Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA).

For more information or to make a claim visit www.humanservices.gov.au/disaster, call 180 22 66, or visit an Australian Government Department of Human Services service centre.

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