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Flood Assistance

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 part of an amazing community response. My team of volunteers and I helped flood-impacted locals clean up their homes, from West End to Norman Park. We moved flooded furniture, cleaned out fridges without power, gernied mud off walls and floors and shoveled mud. 

While locals were out starting flood clean up, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released their latest report. The report clearly spelled out how as climate change intensifies, the threat of rainfall extremes and flooding will continue to rise. So while it’s important that we continue to build our community resilience to these disasters, it’s also critical that we fight for rapid bold action on climate change. 

I know for many the clean-up and recovery will continue is still ongoing. If there’s anything my team and I can help with, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our office at 3397 1674  or [email protected] 

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.