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Thousands more Aussies to get $1,000 cash payment

A person removing $100 notes from a wallet to represent the cash payment eligible Aussies will get and a crowd of people walking across the street on a rainy day.
More LGA's will be eligible to access the $1,000 flood disaster payment. (Source: Getty)

As of this week, five more local government areas (LGAs) in New South Wales have become eligible for $1,000 flood payments.

Services Australia said the scheme opened up to thousands more Aussies from August 2 and would be available until February 1, 2023 to claim.

If you live in these LGAs and have been affected by recent flooding you can claim the $1,000 payment:

  • Kempsey

  • Narromine

  • Oberon

  • Port Macquarie-Hastings

  • Strathfield

Those eligible for the Disaster Recovery Payment can get $1,000 per adult and $400 per child younger than 16.

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.

How to apply

There are three simple steps to claim the payment.

The easiest way for Australian residents to claim is online. If you’re a protected visa holder, you’re considered to be an Australian resident and can claim online.

To claim online, you need a myGov account linked to Centrelink.

If you don’t have a myGov account, you’ll need to set it up online.

If your myGov account isn’t linked to Centrelink, you can prove who you are through myGov to link Centrelink.

Then you will need to link Centrelink to your myGov account. How you do this will depend on if you’ve claimed a payment from Services Australia before.

Once everything is set up you will need to:

  1. Select Apply for Disaster Recovery Payment

  2. Select Begin

  3. Answer the eligibility and claim questions

  4. Submit your claim

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