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Emergency assistance available following Christmas Day storms

Tuesday, 27 December 2011

The Victorian Coalition Government has activated Personal Hardship Grants for Victorians affected by the severe storm that swept parts of the state on Christmas Day.

Acting Premier and Minister for Emergency Services Minister Peter Ryan said the Coalition Government's recently-improved Personal Hardship Assistance Program would help families begin their journey back to recovery as soon as possible.

"The Christmas Day flood event could not have come at a worse time and the Government is working hard to ensure affected households can access the next level of assistance where necessary," Mr Ryan said.

The two level of grants available are:

Emergency Relief Assistance: Provides payment of up to $480 per adult and $240 per child up to a maximum of $1,200 per household for those affected by the storm to cover emergency shelter, food, clothing, personal items or specific transport needs.

Emergency Re-establishment Assistance: Provides up to $30,000 to help eligible households with tasks such as clean-up, emergency accommodation, repairs, rebuilding and replacing some damaged contents.

"The Emergency Re-establishment Assistance grant allows for the means-tested payment to eligible individuals or households who have no other means to re-establish their homes sooner," Mr Ryan said.

"So far, we have had very few households apply for this assistance but we also understand that some households may need additional help over the coming days.

"At all times, Victorians can rest assured that the Coalition Government has appropriate measures in place to help people in need return to a normal life as quickly as possible."

Victorians wanting more information about the Government's Personal Hardship Assistance Program are urged to contact their local municipal council or visit www.dhs.vic.gov.au/for-individuals/financial-support 

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