Flood disaster payments have been implemented in order to relieve those who have been affected by the floods in NSW and the outer parts of Sydney.
Criteria for flood disaster payments
Right now, there are some criteria that have to be met. Thus far, individuals will not be able to claim any money for someone that has passed on.
To date, the government has identified 23 local government areas that will be able to receive these flood disaster payments. In most instances, Aussies are only able to claim in dire cases who have lost their homes, those who are unable to work, those who have been injured, and those whose homes have been damaged are among those to receive the disaster payments.
So far, these local governments areas include Blacktown, Blue Mountains, Camden, Canterbury Bankstown, Campbelltown, Central Coast, Cessnock, Fairfield, Georges River, Hawkesbury, Hornsby, Kiama, Lithgow, Northern Beaches, Penrith, Shellharbour, Shoalhaven, Sutherland, The Hills, Wingecarribee, Wollondilly, and Wollongong.
Helping local government areas recover
Now, you will only be able to claim a flood disaster payment if your home has been damaged extensively. For example, if your home has been exposed to sewage, the home has been declared structurally unsound, and if the home needs to be demolished.
So, if your home has undergone minor damage you won’t be able to claim any money for it. Thus far, those who are receiving income from Jobseeker, ABSTUDY, pension. Or parental leave payments are not eligible to receive these payments.
According to 9News, if you are unable to work, you will be able to claim a $350 disaster recovery payment. That is every week for up to 13 weeks. This will become effective from the day you started losing income.