Payments Available for Flood Affected People
Both the Commonwealth Government and the Queensland Government have a number of payments available for individuals and small businesses impacted by the Queensland Floods.
Wyatt Roy, Federal Member for Longman, is providing information about available payments for people affected by floods on his website.
Mr Roy encourages Longman residents and small businesses that have been impacted by recent floods to investigate the available payments to determine if they are eligible.
The Commonwealth Government is providing two payments: Australian Government Disaster Recovery Payment, and the Disaster Income Recovery Subsidy.
The Australian Government Disaster Recovery Payment is a one-off payment of $1000 for each adult and $400 for each child affected adversely by the floods.
The Disaster Income Recovery Subsidy is available for employees, small businesses and farmers who have experienced a loss of income as a direct result of the flooding. Payments range from $424 to $508, and are paid fortnightly for up to 13 weeks.
The Australian Taxation Office is also offering assistance to individuals and businesses affected by the flooding, including fast-tracking of refunds, and extra time to pay debts.
The Queensland Government has several grants and loans available including the Personal Hardship Assistance Grant, Essential Household Contents Grant, Structural Assistance Grant, Special Disaster Flood Assistance Grants (small business), Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Assistance Loans (small business), Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Assistance Loans Freight subsidies (primary producers), and the Sport and Recreation Services Disaster Recovery Program.
Further details about these and Commonwealth payments, including application forms, are available at http://www.wyattroy.com.au/2011/01/13/commonwealth-and-queensland-payments-and-services-available-to-flood-affected-persons/
Wyatt Roy, Andrew Powell, Lisa Armitage from Cr Adrian Raedel’s office met with Michael Wallis, the coordinator at the Woodford Hall evacuation centre.