Minister for the National Disability Insurance Scheme
Minister for Government Services

Media release: Assistance for more Victorians impacted by the storms and floods in June 2021

6 October 2021

Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie

Minister for Emergency Management and National Recovery and Resilience
Minister for Regionalisation, Regional Communications and Regional Education

Senator the Hon Linda Reynolds CSC

Minister for the National Disability Insurance Scheme
Minister for Government Services

Victorians in communities hit hard by the storms and floods in June 2021 can apply for financial support from the Australian Government.

The Australian Government Disaster Recovery Payment (AGDRP) and Disaster Recovery Allowance (DRA) is now available to support people in the local government areas of Bass Coast and Macedon Ranges. This brings to 11 the total number of LGAs to receive this financial support as a result of the June disaster event.

Minister for Emergency Management and National Recovery and Resilience, Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie said a number of communities in the Bass Coast and Macedon Ranges areas had been seriously impacted by severe flooding and storm damage.

“By making this financial support available, the Australian Government is helping people get back on their feet,” Minister McKenzie said. 

“The Disaster Recovery Payment is a one-off, non-means tested payment of $1,000 for eligible adults and $400 for eligible children who have been seriously affected.

“The Disaster Recovery Allowance provides a short-term income support payment to assist individuals whose income has been affected because of this disastrous event. The Allowance is available for up to 13 weeks, equivalent to the maximum rate of JobSeeker Payment or Youth Allowance.”

Minister for Government Services Senator the Hon Linda Reynolds CSC encouraged residents impacted by the storms and floods, to lodge a claim for assistance.

“The easiest and fastest way to claim is over the phone, by calling the Australian Government Emergency Information Line on 180 22 66,” Minister Reynolds said.

“Staff from Services Australia are available to take calls between 8am to 5pm local time, Monday to Friday.”

Check your eligibility at www.servicesaustralia.gov.au/disaster

More information on Australian Government disaster assistance is available at www.disasterassist.gov.au

Page last updated: 6 October 2021