Commonwealth-State disaster assistance

Published 23rd April, 2015 in Emergency Services, Family & Community Services

Disaster assistance is available to help communities and families deal with and recover from the storms and floods that have wreaked havoc along the NSW east coast.

Aerial view of flood
Flood disaster assistance

Between April 20 and 22, NSW experienced a severe weather event when storms and floods wreaked havoc along the NSW east coast causing significant winds, rainfall, flooding, power outages, trees down and sadly the loss of lives.

Access to disaster assistance is available in the NSW local government areas of:

Ballina

Bellingen

Brisbane Waters

Byron

Cessnock

Clarence Valley

Dungog

Gloucester

Gosford

Great Lakes

Greater Taree

Hawkesbury

Kyogle

Ku–ring–gai

Lake Macquarie

Lismore

Lithgow

Maitland

Mosman

Muswellbrook

Nambucca

Newcastle

Parishes of Branxton, Heddon and Stockrington.

Pittwater

Port Stephens

Randwick

Richmond Valley

Singleton

Tenterfield

The Hills

Warringah

Waverley

Wollondilly

Wyong

Individuals and families impacted by the storms and floods can access personal hardship assistance payments from Wednesday 22nd April 2015.

Disaster assistance:

  • ensures people have access to food, clothing and personal items in the immediate aftermath of the storms and floods,
  • provides assistance for accommodation and the replacement of essential household contents, such as bedding and furniture,
  • provides assistance for structural repairs to homes damaged by the storms and floods.

Disaster assistance is provided via the jointly funded Commonwealth-State Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA).

The Australian and NSW governments will extend assistance to other local government areas as required and continue to review information, of the impact of this natural disaster, provided by local councils in order to assess needs for further assistance.

Types of disaster assistance available:

  • Personal hardship and distress assistance for individuals and families.
  • Assistance for local and state government to carry out counter–disaster operations and the cost of repairing and rebuilding damaged infrastructure
  • Concessional interest rate loans for small businesses, primary producers and voluntary not–for–profit bodies.
  • Freight subsidies for primary producers.
  • Grants to sport and recreation clubs.
  • Disaster assistance to help primary producers and farmers to repair or replace equipment, salvage crops, restore pastures and buy grain or feed.

More information:

Visit www.disasterassist.gov.au the Commonwealth's Disaster Assist website.

Visit www.emergency.nsw.gov.au the NSW Ministry of Police & Emergency Services website.

Individuals and families: for disaster relief grants and for contents and structural repairs (available to low income earners with no insurance),call the Disaster Welfare Assistance Line on 1800 018 444 

Farmers and primary producers: see if you’re eligible for a grant or if you can apply for a concessional loan or freight subsidy, call the NSW Rural Assistance Authority on 1800 678 593 or visit www.raa.nsw.gov.au.

Updated: 6 July 2015.

Published 23rd April, 2015 in Emergency Services, Family & Community Services