How to claim

There are 3 steps to claim the Australian Government Disaster Recovery Payment.

If you have a myGov account that’s linked to Centrelink, sign in and start your claim now.

Sign in to myGov

If you don’t have these set up, you’ll need to follow these steps.

Steps to claim Australian Government Disaster Recovery Payment

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    1. Get ready to claim

    The easiest way for Australian residents to claim is online. If you’re a protected visa holder, you’re considered to be an Australian resident and can claim online.

    To claim online, you need a myGov account linked to Centrelink.

    If you don’t have a myGov account, you’ll need to set it up online.

    If your myGov account isn’t linked to Centrelink, you can prove who you are through myGov to link Centrelink.

    If you need help claiming you can call us on the Emergency information line on 180 22 66. If you have a nominee, they must call the Emergency information line to claim on your behalf.

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    2. Link Centrelink to your myGov account

    You’ll need to link Centrelink to your myGov account. How you do this will depend on if you’ve claimed a payment from us before.

    If you’ve claimed a payment before

    If you’ve claimed a payment before, you can use your Centrelink Customer Reference Number (CRN) to link Centrelink to myGov. You’ll also need to answer some personal questions.

    If you don’t know your CRN or can’t answer the personal questions using your CRN, select I need a CRN. You’ll need to prove your identity online, using myGov. Follow the same instructions for ‘If you haven’t claimed a payment before’.

    If you haven’t claimed a payment before

    If you haven’t claimed a payment from us before, you’ll need to prove your identity online using myGov.

    You’ll need to enter some personal information and details from 2 acceptable identity documents and your Medicare card. Once you prove your identity, we’ll link Centrelink to your myGov account.

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    3. Make your claim

    Now your accounts are set up, sign in and start your claim.

    Sign in to myGov

    Then follow these steps:

    1. Select Apply for Disaster Recovery Payment.
    2. Select Begin.
    3. Answer the eligibility and claim questions.
    4. Submit your claim.

    Our Centrelink online account guide on how to Claim the Australian Government Disaster Recovery Payment will step you through this process in more detail.

Page last updated: 8 September 2022