What it is

A short term payment to help you following a declared disaster.

New Zealand Disaster Recovery Allowance (NZ DRA) is a short term payment to help you if a declared disaster directly affects your income.

You can get it for a maximum of 13 weeks. We’ll pay this from the date you lose income as a direct result of the floods in New South Wales in March 2021.

NZ DRA is a taxable payment. You can ask us to withhold voluntary tax deductions from your payments.

If you get NZ DRA you might be able to get Beneficiary Tax Offset. This may reduce the amount of tax you pay. You’ll need to contact the Australian Taxation Office to find out more about this.

If you’ve been otherwise adversely affected by the floods, you may also be eligible for New Zealand Disaster Recovery Payment.

Next: Who can get it

You need to meet eligibility rules to get New Zealand Disaster Recovery Allowance.

Page last updated: 23 March 2021