Following the devastating Currowan Bushfire, the Australian Government has made available a range of financial assistance to help with clean up and recovery.
The Ex-gratia Disaster Recovery Allowance is available for New Zealanders that have experienced a loss of income as a direct result of the bushfire. You can get it for a maximum of 13 weeks and it’s payable from the date you lose income. The maximum payment rate is the equivalent of Newstart or Youth Allowance, based on your circumstances. Your rate of payment will be affected by your income prior to and following the disaster.
To be eligible, 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 9 December 2020.
An income threshold also applies and is the most you can earn in the fortnight after your loss of income. You need to show you’ll earn less than the relevant threshold amount in that period.
The fastest way to claim is by calling 180 22 66. Further information on eligibility is available on Centrelink's website.
For information on personal hardship and distress assistance, contact the Disaster Welfare Assistance Line on 1800 018 444.