Financial support for more flood affected areas

31 March 2022

Additional Local Government Areas in South East Queensland and New South Wales are now eligible for disaster payments.

Australian Government Disaster Recovery Payment (AGDRP) and Disaster Recovery Allowance (DRA) are now available to more eligible people in SE Queensland (SE Qld) and New South Wales (NSW).

The following Local Government Areas (LGAs) are now eligible for AGDRP and DRA.

SE Qld:

  • Balonne.


  • Cessnock
  • Cumberland
  • Dungog
  • Goulburn Mulwaree
  • Lithgow
  • Maitland
  • Mid-Western
  • Muswellbrook
  • Port Stephens
  • Queanbeyan-Palerang
  • Singleton
  • Snowy Monaro
  • Upper Hunter.

There are also equivalent payments for eligible New Zealand citizens in these LGAs affected by the floods.

These LGAs are in addition to the areas already declared for disaster payments.

You have until 29 September 2022 to make a claim. Read all the eligibility rules, including the full list of LGAs for the NSW Floods, February 2022 and SE Qld Floods, February 2022.

Centrelink debt

We’re pausing Centrelink debt raising and new debt recovery in the affected locations in Queensland and NSW.

If you owe money, you don’t need to repay anything until September 2022, unless you choose to.

If you’re already making repayments for an existing debt, you can update or stop your payment arrangement.

You can do this using the Money you owe service either through:

You can also contact us if you’re experiencing financial hardship or have any questions about your debt.

You can find us in your community to help you claim disaster payments and access other services.

We also have information about additional help such as how to replace a concession card or access mental health support.

Use our Payment and Service Finder to see what other payments you may be eligible for.

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