In Victoria, the payment of $1000 per eligible adult and $400 per eligible child is available from 2pm today to people who live in the Local Government Areas (LGAs) of Benalla, Boroondara, Central Goldfields, Greater Bendigo, Loddon, Moonee Valley, Mount Alexander, Murrindindi and Yarra.
The assistance is already available to those in the Campaspe, Greater Shepparton, Maribyrnong, Mitchell and Strathbogie LGAs.
“People are doing it really tough at the moment and that’s why we’ve acted really quickly to try to get flood payments out the door to people to try to help them get back on their feet.”
"Yesterday, my office received calls from residents living in Redesdale and Heathcote who have been severely impacted by these floods. Today, we have announced more support for them."
“Local communities across Greater Bendigo and Mount Alexander are doing it tough right now, and this modest payment will ensure those impacted can meet their immediate needs.”
"This support is on top of the already announced access that locals have to the Australian Government Disaster Recovery Allowance. This allowance aims to help employees and sole traders who have experienced a loss of income.”
People affected by the flooding can check their eligibility for the Australian Government Disaster Recovery Payment and Disaster Recovery Allowance on the Services Australia website at servicesaustralia.gov.au/disasterevents before lodging a claim for assistance.
People can claim from 2pm, Tuesday 18 October.
If people need additional support to claim, they can call the Australian Government Emergency Information Line on 180 22 66.