Assistance is available for individuals affected by the fires if you can show you lost income or have been adversely affected as a direct result of the bushfires in New South Wales in August 2019 through to January 2020.

There are now four categories of assistance:

  1. Disaster Recovery Allowance: Support for people who can show they lost income as a direct result of the bushfires in New South Wales in August 2019 through to January 2020.
    Disaster Recovery Allowance is a short term payment to help you if a declared disaster directly affects your income.You can get it for a maximum of 13 weeks. It’s payable from the date you lose income as a direct result of the NSW Bushfires in August, September, October, November, December 2019 and January 2020.Disaster Recovery Allowance is a taxable payment. You can ask us to withhold voluntary tax deductions from your payments.

    If you get Disaster Recovery Allowance you might be able to access Beneficiary Tax Offset. This reduces the amount of tax you may have to pay. You’ll need to contact the Australian Taxation Office to find out more about this.

  2. Ex-gratia Disaster Recovery Allowance: is a short term payment to help you if a declared disaster directly affects your income.You can get it for a maximum of 13 weeks. It’s payable from the date you lose income as a direct result of the NSW Bushfires in August, September, October, November, December 2019 and January 2020.Ex-gratia Disaster Recovery Allowance is a taxable payment. You can ask us to withhold voluntary tax deductions from your payments.

    If you get ex-gratia Disaster Recovery Allowance you might be able to access Beneficiary Tax Offset. This reduces the amount of tax you may have to pay. You’ll need to contact the Australian Taxation Office to find out more about this.

  3. The Australian Government Disaster Recovery Payment: is a one-off payment to help you if a declared disaster significantly affects you. It’s not for minor damage or inconvenience.You can choose to get this payment in 2 instalments if you prefer.
  4. The ex-gratia Disaster Recovery Payment: is a one-off payment to help you if a declared disaster significantly affects you. It’s not for minor damage or inconvenience.You can choose to get this payment in 2 instalments if you prefer.

You can follow the hyper link to find out more information follow https://www.humanservices.gov.au/individuals/subjects/nsw-bushfires-september-2019.

 

Date: 20th January 2020

Source: Department of Human Services

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