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1 week left: Last chance to claim $1,000 payment

·Personal Finance Editor
·2-min read
A person removing $100 notes from a wallet and a crowd of people walking across the street on a rainy day to represent the flood payments.
Aussies affected by the flooding in South East Queensland have until next week to claim the disaster payment. (Source: Getty)

Victims of the flooding in South-East Queensland in February this year have only a few days left to claim the disaster assistance payment.

The applications for the payment close on September 29, giving those who were affected less than a week to make a claim.

The Australian Government Disaster Recovery Payment is a lump sum payment of $1,000 for eligible adults and $400 for each eligible child under 16.

“You can claim this payment if you’ve been seriously affected as a direct result of the floods,” Services Australia said.

For example, you can claim the payment if your home was severely damaged or destroyed or you were seriously injured.

You also still have time to claim the Disaster Recovery Allowance for up to 13 weeks, starting from the date you lost income.

You’ll get the maximum equivalent rate of JobSeeker Payment or Youth Allowance, depending on your personal circumstances.

You can’t get the allowance if you get any of the following payments during your claim period:

If you were impacted by the extreme weather event and lived in the following Local Government Areas, you will need to get your claim in before September 29:

  • Balonne

  • Brisbane

  • Bundaberg

  • Cherbourg

  • Fraser Coast

  • Gladstone

  • Gold Coast

  • Goondiwindi

  • Gympie

  • Ipswich

  • Lockyer Valley

  • Logan

  • Moreton Bay

  • Noosa

  • North Burnett

  • Redland

  • Scenic Rim

  • Somerset

  • South Burnett

  • Southern Downs

  • Sunshine Coast

  • Toowoomba

  • Western Downs

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