Support for people affected by the recent WA bushfires

10 February 2021

There’s help for people directly affected by the February 2021 bushfires in Western Australia.

The Australian Government Disaster Recovery Payment is a lump sum payment of $1,000 for eligible adults and $400 for each eligible child under the age of 16.

You can get it if your home has been severely damaged or destroyed or if you’ve been seriously injured as a direct result of the fires.

You can also claim Disaster Recovery Allowance (DRA) if you’ve lost income as a direct result of the fires. If you’re eligible you can get it for up to 13 weeks, starting from the date you lose income.

DRA is taxable. You can ask us to withhold tax deductions from your payments.

You’ll need to claim on or before 2 August 2021 for the following local government areas:

  • City of Swan
  • Shire of Mundaring.

If you’re already getting a payment from us other than Family Tax Benefit, you may not be eligible to claim.

If you have mutual obligation or participation requirements

Your mutual obligation or participation requirements are temporarily paused from Tuesday 9 February to Tuesday 2 March 2021. This applies if you live in 1 of the following local government areas:

  • City of Swan
  • Shire of Mundaring
  • Shire of Chittering
  • City of Northam.

These arrangements apply if you’re in 1 of the following:

  • jobactive
  • Online Employment Services
  • Disability Employment Services
  • ParentsNext as a compulsory participant.

If you don’t meet your requirements during this period, no suspensions or penalties will apply.

The Department of Education, Skills and Employment will send messages to all affected job seekers and participants.

Next steps

Read more about Australian Government Disaster Recovery Payment and the Disaster Recovery Allowance, including how to claim and access our services.

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

If you’re a job seeker or participant, you can contact your provider for more information about your requirements.

Page last updated: 10 February 2021