People who have been struck by severe storms and flooding may now be able to access $1,000 per adult and $400 per child, depending on their eligibility.
They will be available to those in the affected LGAs who have suffered a significant loss as a result of the floods, including a severely damaged or destroyed home or a serious injury.
Set up a myGov account
According to the Services Australia website, if you’re an Australian resident or protected visa holder, the simplest way to claim is online.
People who need help lodging a claim can call Services Australia on the emergency information line on 180 22 66.
2. Link your myGov account to Centrelink
Next, you’ll need to link Centrelink to your myGov account.
To do this, you may need to meet some identity requirements. You’ll need to include details from two and your Medicare card, as well as enter some other personal information.
If you don’t know your CRN or can’t answer the personal questions, you’ll need to follow the instructions as though you’ve never applied for a payment before.
3. Make a claim
Once you’ve set up a myGov account and linked it to Centrelink, you can sign in and click “Apply for Disaster Recovery Payment”
You’ll need to answer several eligibility and claim questions before you can submit your claim.
Warning: don’t cheat the system
At the time, she said the Government had “very sophisticated intelligence and investigation capabilities” to detect fraud and prosecute people.
While the Government has not advised what the penalties are for rorting the latest round of disaster relief, in the past, people who have continually cheated government payments have been hit with steep penalties.