People in Bass Coast hit hard by the storms and floods in June 2021 can now apply for financial support from the Australian Government.

The Australian Government Disaster Recovery Payment (AGDRP) and Disaster Recovery Allowance (DRA) will now be available to support people in Bass Coast.

Support has also been extended to residents in Bass Coast, bringing 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 areas had been seriously impacted by severe flooding and storm damage.

“By making this financial support available, the Australian Government is supporting the local economy and helping locals get back on their feet,” Minister McKenzie said.

Member for Monash Russell Broadbent MP said the Disaster Recovery Payment is a one-off, non-means tested payment to anyone in Bass Coast who has suffered a significant loss, including a severely damaged or destroyed home, serious injury or the loss of a family member.

“Eligible adults can receive $1,000 and there is $400 for each eligible child,” Mr Broadbent said.

“In addition, people whose income has been affected because of the floods and storms can apply for the Disaster Recovery Allowance.

“This Allowance provides a short-term income support payment to help individuals and families get back on their feet. It is available for up to 13 weeks, equivalent to the maximum rate of Jobseeker Payment or Youth Allowance.

“I urge local residents to look into these supports, which are a hand up not a handout.”

The quickest and easiest way to claim is to call 180 22 66.

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

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