Recovery assistance

On top of support provided by state and territory governments, the Australian Government has a range of assistance measures to help hardest hit communities recover from disasters.

The type of help available depends on the impacts of the natural disaster.

The Australian Government helps:

  • eligible individuals through:
    • Disaster Recovery Payment—a one-off, non-means tested payment of $1000 for eligible adults and $400 for eligible children who have been adversely affected by a major disaster either in Australia or overseas.
    • Disaster Recovery Allowance—a short-term income support payment to assist individuals who can demonstrate their income has been affected as a direct result of a disaster.

  • state and territory governments with clean up and recovery through:
    • Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements—a joint Australian Government and state program, where state and territory governments determine the type and level of assistance that should be made available following a disaster, and the Australian Government provides financial support for eligible expenses.

More information about the Australian Government's disaster recovery assistance is available on the Disaster Assist website.

New Zealand Ex-gratia Disaster Recovery Allowance Programme and New Zealand Ex-gratia Disaster Recovery Payment Programme

Where the Australian Government has made disaster recovery payments available, the Prime Minister or Cabinet may also decide to provide a similar payment to eligible New Zealand special category visa (subclass 444) holders residing in Australia who have been directly affected by a major disaster.

This includes the ex-gratia Disaster Recovery Allowance (ex-gratia DRA) and the ex-gratia Disaster Recovery Payment (ex-gratia DRP). Ex-gratia DRA provides short-term income support where the Disaster Recovery Allowance (DRA) has been made available. Ex-gratia DRP provides a one-off, non means tested payment where the Australian Government Disaster Recovery Payment (DRP) has been made available. These payments are delivered consistently with the conditions and eligibility of DRA and DRP under the Social Security Act 1991.

For more information, visit the GrantConnect website.