SOUTH Gippslanders affected by the recent storms and flooding can access short-term income support, as well as a one-off non-means tested payment of $1000 for adults and $400 for children.

The federal government announced today (Friday, July 2), it had activated the Australian government Disaster Recovery Payment (AGDRP) and Disaster Recovery Allowance (DRA) to support an additional five local government areas affected by the June storms and flooding across Victoria, including Baw Baw, Cardinia, Mornington Peninsula, South Gippsland and Wellington.

Minister for Emergency Management David Littleproud said the five local government areas announced are in addition to those already activated, taking the total to nine local government areas.

“The AGDRP provides a one-off, non-means tested payment of $1000 for eligible adults and $400 for eligible children who have suffered a significant loss, including a severely damaged or destroyed home, serious injury or who have lost a family member,” Littleproud said.

“The DRA provides a short-term income support payment to assist individuals whose income has been affected because of this awful event.

“By making these payments available, the Australian government is helping people get back on their feet with dignity and respect.”

People eligible for DRA can access income assistance for up to 13 weeks, equivalent to the maximum rate of Jobseeker Payment 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 storms and floods.

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

 

Funding for storm clean-up

The state government will provide $8.2 million to 10 councils across areas significantly affected by the recent flood and storms.

The Council Support Fund will ensure councils – including South Gippsland – have the recovery staff and expertise they need on the ground, helping them stand up dedicated local teams to coordinate and drive recovery efforts, the government said.

“The fund is designed to boost recovery capabilities within councils so activities like impact assessment and community engagement can be undertaken by community members who live in and understand their local areas,” the government said.

The funding will be made available to the Yarra Ranges, Latrobe, Baw Baw, Cardinia, Hepburn, Macedon Ranges, Moorabool, Murrindindi, South Gippsland and Wellington local government areas.

It can be used to employ additional recovery staff, onboard specialist contractors and provide targeted training support to help local communities recover.

More information on assistance is available.