Apply for the Flood Recovery Back Home Grant

Date/Deadline: 05 Aug, 2023

If your home has been damaged by the February and March 2022 and/or June and July 2022 storms and floods, you may be eligible for a payment to help cover the costs of restoring your property to a habitable condition or replacing essential household items.

Payments are available as follows:

  • $20,000 for owner-occupiers to repair or replace essential household items and/or restore housing to a habitable condition
  • $15,000 for owner-investors to restore housing to a habitable condition
  • $5,000 for tenants to repair or replace essential household items or relocate these items to a new residential property.

Application closing dates

  • February and March 2022 storms and floods: 20 April 2023
  • June and July 2022 storms and floods: 5 August 2023.

Eligibility

You’re eligible to apply if you’re:

• an owner of, or a tenant that lives in (or lived in at the time of the floods), a damaged property located in a local government area (LGA) as follows:

  • February and March 2022 storms and floods (AGRN 1012): Armidale, Ballina, Bellingen, Blacktown, Blue Mountains, Byron, Central Coast, Cessnock, Clarence Valley, Coffs Harbour, Glen Innes Severn, Hawkesbury, Hornsby, Kyogle, Lismore, Lithgow, Penrith, Richmond Valley, Singleton, Tenterfield, The Hills, Tweed and includes the entirety of any suburb partly within these LGAs and partly within another LGA
  • June and July 2022 storms and floods (AGRN 1025): Blacktown, Camden, Canterbury-Bankstown, Central Coast, Cessnock, Fairfield, Hawkesbury, Hornsby, Liverpool, Maitland, Mid Coast, Penrith, Port Stephens, Singleton, Sutherland, The Hills, Wollongong and includes the entirety of any suburb partly within these LGAs and partly within another LGA

• unable to claim the costs of restoring the damaged property to a habitable condition or replacing essential household contents under an insurance policy, including if you’re:

  • uninsured for severe weather and/or flood damage;
  • insured for severe weather and/or flood damage but do not have sufficient funding from your insurance claim; or
  • unable to claim for severe weather and/or flood damage

• ineligible for other, more comprehensive support measures available for those on low incomes and with limited assets.

You’re not eligible to apply if your insurance covers you completely for structural repairs or to replace essential household items.

Notes:

  • If you received a payment for damages caused by the February and March 2022 storms and floods, you may be eligible for a second payment for additional damages caused to your property by the June and July 2022 storms and floods.
  • You can only receive either the disaster relief grant or the Back Home grant. If you apply for the Back Home grant, and are also successful in your application for the disaster relief grant, the Back Home grant amount you receive will be deducted from the overall support.

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