Gold Coasters who have been impacted by the southeast Queensland flooding crisis are now able to access the Federal Government’s disaster payments.
Eligible adults will be entitled to $1,000 per person, while $400 will be available for each child younger than 16.
Locals will be able to start applying for Commonwealth financial support through Services Australia from 9am this morning.
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“This is a disaster recovery payment that is for eligible people who have been directly impacted by the floods with inundation,” Prime Minister Scott Morrison said.
“These payments are there to provide for some of the most basic needs that people have when they have been impacted by a flood event such as this.
“They are the same payments that we provide in other natural disasters, whether they be bushfires, cyclones or things of that nature”.
The Federal Government has also thrown small business owners whose shops have been impacted by the flooding crisis a lifeline.
Eligbile owners who have suffered a loss of income as a result of the disaster will be able to access a disaster recovery allowance, which Mr Morrison says is a payment of up to 13 weeks.
“That is, I believe, going to be particularly useful for small businesses who will be unable to earn an income because of the need to engage in the recovery and the cleanup which will prevent them from trading and that will impact their income.”
The flood disaster payment has also been activated for Northern New South Wales.
It includes those in the local government areas of Tweed, Ballina, Bellingen, Byron, Clarence Valley, Coffs Harbour, Kyogle, Lismore and Richmond Valley.
Claims for NSW local government areas will open from 2pm.
People can apply for the payments via Services Australia or by calling 1802266.
More information can also be found here.