Support for Fire Victims

The Member for Forrest Nola Marino has welcomed the Australian Government activation of both the Disaster Recovery Payment and the Disaster Recovery Allowance for eligible residents in the Peel and South West Regions affected by the Waroona Bushfire.

“By making these payments available today, the Australian Government will ensure that those who have lost loved ones, their homes or livelihoods have the additional assistance they need to help them on the road to recovery” Mrs Marino said.

People eligible for the Disaster Recovery Payment – those who have lost their homes or suffered injury as a result of the disaster – can access a one-off payment of $1000 per adult and $400 for each child.

People eligible for the Disaster Recovery Allowance can access income assistance for up to 13 weeks, equivalent to the maximum rate of Newstart Allowance or Youth Allowance. This assistance is designed to help those employees, primary producers and sole traders affected by the disaster to get back on their feet.

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

The Commonwealth Government assistance announced today is over and above the support already being provided under the jointly funded Commonwealth-State Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements, which were announced on Saturday.

Claims for the Disaster Recovery Payment and Disaster Recovery Allowance can be made online at www.humanservices.gov.au or by calling the Commonwealth Government Information Hotline on 180 22 66 from 8am to 8pm local time, Monday to Friday.

Further information on Commonwealth Government assistance is available online at www.disasterassist.gov.au.