7th Feb 2012

Centrelink flood assistance

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Debbie McTaggart

Areas of Queensland and New South Wales have been adversely affected by flooding since 27 January. There are payments available from Centrelink to help those who need it most.

The Australian Government Disaster Recovery Payment (AGDRP) is available to those affected by the recent flooding. The payment is $1000 for each eligible adult and $400 for each eligible child who live in the following areas:

NSW

  • Gwydir
  • Moree
  • Narrabri

Queensland

  • Balonne
  • Barcaldine
  • Blackall-Tambo
  • Maranoa
  • Murweh
  • Paroo

To be eligible for the AGDRP you must also be an Australian resident, not previously received an AGDRP for this disaster and have experienced one of the following:

  • been seriously injured
  • are an immediate family member of someone killed as a direct result of the flooding
  • your home has sustained major damage or has been destroyed
  • you have been stranded in your home, or unable to reach your home for a period of at least 24 hours
  • your home was without major services such as electricity, gas or water for a continuous period of 48 hours

If you meet the above criteria and wish to apply for an AGDRP, you should call 180 22 66 to submit your claim. Alternatively, you can click on the links below to download a claim form from Humanservices.gov.au.

Queensland Flooding AGDRP
New South Wales Flooding AGDRP

Once completed and signed, you should take to your nearest Centrelink or Medicare office, or post to the relevant address below:

Queensland Floods – January 2012 Processing Centre?
Reply Paid 7815?
Canberra BC?
ACT 2610

New South Wales Floods – January 2012 Processing Centre?
Reply Paid7815
Canberra BC?
ACT 2610

For more information before making a claim, you should read the following factsheets:
Queensland
New South Wales

Flooding in these areas has also affected the opening of Department of Human Services offices. Read Centrelink customer service changes for further information.





COMMENTS

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Histoman
8th Feb 2012
12:08pm
Australia supports UNCERF-United NationsCentral Emergency Response Fund-- to which the government supplies $60 million over a four year period. This fund provides speed and efficiency of humanitarian funding, in the immediate aftermath of a crisis, as well as funding for protracted and underfunded emergencies. Since we're providing $60M, (and that's only our country )why wasn't there a withdrawal Julia, to help the people of far north Queensland after Yasi. I would have called that a national emergency, wouldn't you? The government may be able to provide help for the people in Mitchell, St. George and Charleville, but up there in Tully, and Innisfail, homes still haven't been replaced yet. Perhaps you could cut back on the $1.085 billion to PNG and the pacific region and the $1.092 billion to indonesia that you are giving, and look in your own backyard to the people that put you where you are now.


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