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Flood Assistance

Emergency Community Response

The February floods were absolutely devastating for many in our local community. People lost possessions, homes, incomes, and sadly, even lives.

It was incredibly heartwarming and humbling to be a part of an amazing community response. We always see an uprising of support during natural disasters but the reality is we’re in an ongoing cost of living, economic and social isolation crisis. There’s absolutely no reason we can’t keep organising to support each other.

There’s many people struggling in our community right now, if you need a hand you can always call my office.

We’ll be there to clean up after the next climate induced disaster & are able to help out with emergency provisions of essentials like food. Even if you just need a hand mowing your lawn, please reach out & we’ll try to find someone who can help. We have a massive network of volunteers who are keen to lend a hand.

If you’d like to get involved helping out your community, you can sign up here.

Government Financial Support

The government has announced financial support for people who have been “seriously affected” by the floods. This is good news, but there’s also gigantic limitations with the scheme compared to the assistance offered back in 2011. We will continue to fight for support payments to be doubled and the eligibility broadened. 

Australian Red Cross Bereavement Grant ($20,000)
To support next-of-kin of those who dies as a direct result of the SEQ 2022 floods with immediate needs (funeral costs and other expenses).
Click here for more info. Applications open until funds are exhausted.

Australian Red Cross Household Grant ($500 per household)
To help with basic needs such as food, clothing, or personal items, for people whole principal place of residence was affected by the floods and who are experiencing financial hardship as a result.
Click here for more info. Applications open until funds are exhausted.

SEQ Floods 2022 - Australian Government Disaster Recovery Payment ($1000 per adult, $400 per child)
A one-off, non-means tested lump sum payment for those who have been “seriously affected”, including:
- Those who’ve been seriously injured, or immediate family of Australian citizens or residents who have died or are missing.
- Residents who have suffered “major damage” to their home.
Both owners and renters can get the payment. “Major damage” is defined on the website, but includes damage to the interior and sewerage contamination as well as damage to “major assets” valued at $20,000 or more.
Click here for more info. Applications close 3 September 2022.

SEQ Floods 2022 - Australian Government Disaster Recovery Allowance (Various amounts)
Up to 13 weeks payment for Brisbane residents who've lost income due to the floods, paid at the Jobseeker or Youth Allowance rate, backdated to day you started losing income. It's taxable and means tested so you'll need to provide evidence of prior income and report income while receiving the payment, plus you can't get it if you're receiving another income support payment (eg. JobSeeker).
Click here for more info. Applications close 3 September 2022.

Emergency Households Content Grant (Up to $1,765 for single adults, $5,300 for couples/families)
If you are uninsured, or unable to claim insurance, you may be eligible for financial assistance to provide a contribution towards replacing or repairing essential household contents, such as beds, linen and whitegoods, that have been lost or damaged in the flood. This is a means tested grant.
Click here for more info. No closing date announced.

Essential Services Safety and Reconnection Grant ($200 - $4,200)
If you’re uninsured, or unable to claim insurance, you may be eligible for a grant to help you reconnect essential services that were damaged by the flood. Up to $200 is available to go towards a safety inspection for each essential service needing reconnection (electricity, gas, water and sewerage or septic system), and up to $4200 is available to go towards repair work to enable essential services to be reconnected (for example, electrical rewiring). This is a means tested grant.
Click here for more info. No closing date announced.

Structural Assistance Grant (Up to $50,000)
If you’re uninsured, or unable to claim insurance, you may be eligible for a one-off payment as a contribution towards repairs to your home to make it secure and safe. This is a means tested grant.
Click here for more info. No closing date announced.

Driver's licence or photo identity smartcards replacement (and other free services)
If you live in a current activation area, you can apply for a free replacement of your TMR-issued smartcards (driver's licence or photo identity card) if they have been lost or damaged in a natural disaster. Other support also available.
Click here for more info. Applications close 28 June 2022.

Mortgage Relief Loan (Up to $20,000)
A Mortgage Relief Loan provides short-term help to people who are having difficulties with their home loan repayments due to unemployment, accident, illness, or some other unexpected or unforeseen crisis. The loan is interest free with no application fees or ongoing charges.
Click here for more info. Applications are ongoing.