Emergency Hardship Assistance- Townsville Floods

Emergency Hardship Assistance- Townsville Floods 

Emergency hardship assistance is not asset tested. If deemed eligible, applicants may receive $180 per person up to $900 for a family of 5 or more (the lady I was speaking with on the phone told me this one has a 7 day time limit)

~Essential services hardship assistance grant~

This grant supports people directly impacted by a disaster to meet their immediate needs where they have experienced loss of 1 or more essential services for more than 5 days. Not income or asset tested. May receive $150 per person, up to $750 for a family of 5 or more.
PLEASE NOTE *** The grant is available for 7 days following the activation of the grant in your area. Extensions may be given due to delays in connections to electricity and communication services. ***

~Essential household contents grant~

If you are uninsured, or unable to claim insurance, you may be eligible for financial assistance to provide a contribution towards replacing or repairing essential household contents, such as beds, linen and whitegoods, that have been lost or damaged in a disaster.
Grants of up to $1,765 for single adults and up to $5,300 for couples/families are available.

~Structural assistance grant~

If you’re uninsured, or unable to claim insurance, you may be eligible for a one-off payment as a contribution towards repairs to your home to make it secure and safe.
Grants of up to $10,995 for single adults and up to $14,685 for couples/families are available.

~Essential services safety and reconnection grant~

If you’re uninsured, or unable to claim insurance, you may be eligible for a grant to help you reconnect essential services that were damaged by a disaster.
There are 2 parts to the grant:
1. Inspection: up to $200 towards a safety inspection for each essential service needing reconnection (electricity, gas, water and sewerage or septic system)
2. Repair: up to $4200 towards repair work to enable essential services to be reconnected (for example, electrical rewiring).

~Housing help after a disaster~

If you have had to leave your home as a result of a natural disaster, we can help.
If you need urgent housing assistance, call:
• 13 QGOV (13 74 68)
This help may be required immediately, or some weeks or even months later. Wherever possible, we will help people to find alternative housing themselves in the private market before other options are explored. Help may be offered to people who would normally not be eligible for some social housing products or services.
Services available include: Mortgage relief loan, home assist secure, bond loans, rental grants, rent connect & social housing (click on the link below to be taken to this page where you will find each of these links)

[Federal Government]

~Disaster Recovery Payment}~

$1000 per adult, $400 per child
The Australian Government Disaster Recovery Payment is a one-off payment to help you if a declared disaster significantly affects you. It’s not for minor damage or inconvenience.
To claim:
• call us on 180 22 66 where we can take your claim, or
• print and complete the Far North Queensland Floods, February 2019 – Australian Government Disaster Recovery Payment claim form.

~Ex-gratia Disaster Recovery Payment~

Help for New Zealanders adversely affected by the Far North Queensland Floods, February 2019. To get the ex-gratia Disaster Recovery Payment you must:
• be a non-protected SCV (subclass 444) holder and a ‘non-resident’ under the Social Security Act 1991, and
• have paid tax in Australia for at least one year in the past three financial years or will do so before 3 February 2020.
To claim:
• call us on 180 22 66 where we can take your claim, or
• print and complete the Far North Queensland Floods, February 2019 – Ex-gratia Disaster Recovery Payment claim form.

~Disaster Recovery Allowance~ (loss of income payment)

Disaster Recovery Allowance is a short term payment to help you if a declared disaster directly affects your income.
You can get it for a maximum of 13 weeks. It’s payable from the date you lose income as a direct result of the Far North Queensland Floods, February 2019.
To claim:
call us on 180 22 66 where we can take your claim, or
print and complete the Far North Queensland Floods, February 2019 – Disaster Recovery Allowance claim form.

~Ex-gratia Disaster Recovery Allowance~

Help for New Zealanders who can demonstrate a loss of income as a direct result of the Far North Queensland Floods, February 2019. To get ex-gratia Disaster Recovery Allowance you must:
• be a non-protected SCV (subclass 444) holder and a ‘non-resident’ under the Social Security Act 1991, and
• have paid tax in Australia for at least one year in the past three financial years or will do so before 3 February 2020.
To claim:
• call us on 180 22 66 where we can take your claim, or
• print and complete the Far North Queensland Floods, February 2019 – ex-gratia Disaster Recovery Allowance claim form.

~Early release of Super – Severe Financial Hardship~

In my research tonight, I did also find out that you may be able to withdraw up to $10,000 from your super as well if you are in severe financial hardship and have been receiving a Centrelink payment for the last 6 months. There are obviously a few criteria, but it may be worth making a phone call to your super and just asking the question.