Victorian Bushfires – Australian Government Disaster Recovery Payment

Date/Deadline: 16 Jul, 2020

Support for eligible people adversely affected by the bushfires in Victoria in December 2019 and January 2020.

What is it
The Australian Government Disaster Recovery Payment is a one-off payment to help you if a declared disaster significantly affects you. It’s not for minor damage or inconvenience.

You can choose to get this payment in 2 instalments if you prefer.

Who can get it
To get the Australian Government Disaster Recovery Payment you must:

– be an Australian resident or hold an eligible visa
– be 16 years or older at the time of the fire or getting a social security payment
– haven’t already received an Australian Government Disaster Recovery Payment for the Victorian Bushfires, December 2019.

You can’t claim on behalf of a person who has died or their estate.

How much you can get

If you’re eligible you’ll get:

– $1,000 per adult
– $400 for each child younger than 16.

Additional Payment for Children
The Additional Payment for Children is a one-off payment of $400 per child.

If you got or will get the Australian Government Disaster Recovery Payment for this bushfire event, you’ll automatically get the Additional Payment for Children. There’s nothing else you need to do. We’ll pay this into your bank account automatically.

You have until 16 July 2020 to make a claim for the following Local Government Areas:

• East Gippsland
• Towong.

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