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Disaster Assistance for Victorian Storms and Floods

03 February 2015

Commonwealth Minister for Justice Michael Keenan and Victorian Minister for Emergency Services Jane Garrett today announced that disaster assistance has been activated in response to the storms and floods which affected parts of Victoria from 7 January 2015.

The jointly-funded Commonwealth-State Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA) will offer the following emergency grants to eligible people in the local government areas of Bendigo, Maroondah, Mornington and Whitehorse who are suffering personal hardship and distress as a result of the floods and storms:

  • Emergency Relief Assistance, which provides payments up to $520 per adult and $260 per child (up to a maximum of $1300 per household) to cover emergency food, shelter, clothing, and personal items; and
  • Emergency Re-establishment Assistance, which provides assistance up to $31,950 per household for clean-up, emergency accommodation, repairs, rebuilding (a principal place of residence), and replacing some damaged contents.

Information about the assistance can be found through Emergency Relief and Recovery Victoria ( www.recovery.vic.gov.auExternal Link or 1300 799 232) or on the Australian Government’s Disaster Assist website at www.disasterassist.gov.auExternal Link .

Quotes attributable to Michael Keenan, Commonwealth Minister for Justice

“The Commonwealth and Victorian governments are providing assistance to help people who are suffering hardship and to support their recovery.”

“The Commonwealth and Victorian governments are committed to ensuring communities affected by natural disasters have the assistance they need to recover.”

Quotes attributable to Jane Garrett, Victorian Minister for Emergency Services

“The personal hardship assistance can help affected people with immediate emergency needs, accommodation and for repairs to damaged homes.”

“I encourage anyone who is suffering hardship and distress as a result of the storms and floods to call the Victorian Emergency Recovery Information Line on 1300 799 232 to find out about the assistance that is available.”

Reviewed 19 August 2020

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