Disaster Recovery Allowance (DRA) is a short term payment to help you if a disaster directly affects your income.
You can get it for a maximum of 13 weeks. We’ll pay this from the date you started losing income as a direct result of the Queensland floods in January 2022.
DRA is a taxable payment. You can ask us to withhold voluntary tax deductions from your payments. Read about paying tax on a Centrelink payment.
If you get DRA you might be able to get the Beneficiary Tax Offset. This may reduce the amount of tax you pay.
Read more about the Beneficiary Tax Offset on the Australian Tax Office website.
You may also be eligible for Australian Government Disaster Recovery Payment.
If you’re a New Zealand citizen living in Australia, check to see if you’re eligible for: