Have you been affected by the New South Wales Floods in July 2022?

6 July 2022

We have payments to help you if you’ve been seriously affected by the New South Wales Floods in July 2022.

The Australian Government Disaster Recovery Payment is a lump sum payment of:

  • $1000 for eligible adults
  • $400 for each eligible child under the age of 16.

You can claim this payment if you’ve been seriously affected as a direct result of the Flood. For example:

  • your home has been severely damaged or destroyed
  • you’ve been seriously injured.

You can also claim Disaster Recovery Allowance if you’ve lost income as a direct result of the Flood.

If you’re eligible, you can get it for up to 13 weeks, starting from the date you first lost income. You’ll get the maximum equivalent rate of JobSeeker Payment or Youth Allowance, depending on your personal circumstances.

To be eligible, you need to meet the Local Government Area criteria and other rules.

Claims are available 2 pm Thursday 7 July. Claims are made online through myGov. Read more about payments and eligibility if you are seriously affected by New South Wales Floods, July 2022.

Centrelink debt

We’re continuing the pause on Centrelink debt raising and new debt recovery in locations affected by the Flood in NSW.

If you owe money, you don’t need to repay anything until October, 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:

Read more about debt pauses in your state or territory to find out if your area is included.

Mutual obligation and participation requirements are paused for people in flood affected areas of New South Wales.

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Page last updated: 15 July 2022