What it is

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

Disaster Recovery Allowance (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 Tropical Cyclone Seroja in April 2021.

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

If you get 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.

If you’ve been otherwise adversely affected by the cyclone, you may be eligible for either:

Next: Who can get it

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

Page last updated: 14 April 2021