What it is

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 Northern NSW starting in February 2022.

You may also be eligible for New Zealand Disaster Recovery Payment.

If you’re an Australian resident or hold an eligible visa, you may be eligible for:

Disaster Recovery Allowance Top-up

The DRA Top-up is additional assistance for people who live or work in the Lismore Local Government Area, and who have lost income because they have been significantly affected by the NSW Floods.

You’ll get this payment if you meet the following rules:

  • you received or will get NZ DRA
  • you lived or worked in the Local Government Area of Lismore when it was impacted by the floods.

You don’t need to submit a claim for this payment. We’ll pay it into your nominated bank account.

You can get this payment each week for up to 13 weeks.

If you haven’t claimed NZ DRA yet, you can still be eligible for this Top-up payment. You have until the due date to submit your claim. Check the claims due date for New Zealand Disaster Recovery Allowance.

Page last updated: 8 April 2022