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Thousands to get $1,000 cash payments today

People holding umbrellas and crossing the road and Australian cash.
Thousands of flood-affected Aussies will get cash payments from today. (Source: Getty)

Flood-affected Aussies in New South Wales will get access to disaster payments from today.

The cash payments will be rolled out to eligible residents in 23 local government areas (LGAs) that have been affected by severe storms and flooding.

The one-off, non-means-tested, Australian Government Disaster Recovery Payment amounts to $1,000 per eligible adult and $400 per eligible child.

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.

The assistance will be available in the LGAs of:

  • Blacktown

  • Blue Mountains

  • Camden

  • Canterbury Bankstown

  • Campbelltown

  • Central Coast

  • Cessnock

  • Fairfield

  • Georges River

  • Hawkesbury

  • Hornsby

  • Kiama

  • Lithgow

  • Liverpool

  • Northern Beaches

  • Penrith

  • Shellharbour

  • Shoalhaven

  • Sutherland

  • The Hills

  • Wingecarribee

  • Wollondilly

  • Wollongong

The Disaster Recovery Allowance (DRA) has also been made available to assist employees and sole traders who experience a loss of income as a direct result of a major disaster. It is payable for a maximum of 13 weeks.

“It’s heartbreaking to think that, for many people, this is the third or fourth time in 18 months that their lives have been disrupted by a natural disaster of this magnitude,” Prime Minister Anthony Albanese said.

“Over the last few years, our resilience has been tested time and time again, and many people are doing it tough.

“I want everyone in a flood-affected region to know that the Commonwealth stands ready and committed to provide support now and through the recovery.”

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