Bushfire disaster assistance is closing soon

7 July 2020

If the bushfires affected you, there’s still time to claim.

If you have been impacted by a bushfire, you may be eligible to claim a disaster payment from us. Depending on your situation you may be eligible for:

  • Australian Government Disaster Recovery Payment
  • Disaster Recovery Allowance.

Closing dates are different for each event, but you don’t have long. For Australian Government Disaster Recovery Payment, claim before:

  • 16 July 2020 for the South Australia, Queensland and Tasmania bushfires
  • 4 August 2020 for the New South Wales, Eastern Queensland and Victoria bushfires.

For Disaster Recovery Allowance, claim before:

  • 10 July for the Tasmania bushfires
  • 4 August for the New South Wales, Eastern Queensland and Victoria bushfires
  • 12 August for the South Australia and ACT bushfires.

The quickest way to claim is to call 180 22 66.

Other services

There’s extra mental health support if you’re affected by the bushfires. You can get support if either:

  • you or your family need it
  • you’re an emergency management worker or volunteer.

You don’t need to have a referral or a mental health plan to access these services.

You can contact a social worker by calling us. Call the same number you use to call Centrelink and ask to speak with one.

Next steps

Learn more about eligibility and how to claim for the following bushfires:

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Page last updated: 7 July 2020