Grants available for those impacted by Australian Bushfires

The impact of the Australian bushfires has been devastating, particularly on the people across eastern Australia. Both the Australian Red Cross and Australian government have grants available to those in financial hardship as a result of this tragedy.

If you have been directly impacted or know someone who has, below is an overview of the grants available by the Australian Red Cross and Australian government:

Australian Red Cross

All claims can be made through the Australian Red Cross website . To apply for the following grants, you will need evidence of identity and bank statements showing the individuals full name and account details. More information can be found on the website above.

1. Emergency Grant:

  • Amount: $20,000
  • A payment to support people whose primary place of residence was destroyed or made permanently uninhabitable due to bushfires between 1 July 2019 and 28 February 2020. Both renters and homeowners are eligible for this grant.
  • Some additional requirements include proof of residence such as a utility bill.
  • Note: If you have received a previous payment there Is no need to re-apply, the Australian Red Cross will contact you directly.

2. Injury Grant:

  • Amount: $7,500
  • A payment for people who have spent 2 or more days in hospital due to physical injuries or mental health issues caused by bushfires during the period 1 July 2019 to 28 February 2020.
  • Some additional requirements include evidence of your hospital admission.

3. Primary Residence Repair Grant:

  • Amount: $5,000
  • Homeowners are eligible for this grant provided they own their primary place of residence and it has been structurally damaged by fire impacting on safe habitation during the period 1 July 2019 and 28 February 2020.
  • Some additional requirements may include proof of residence and proof of home ownership. For example, loan documents, utility bills and title deeds.

4. Bereavement payment:

  • Amount: $20,000
  • This payment is available to the senior next of kin of those who have lost their lives in bushfires between 1 July 2019 and 28 February 2020.

 

Australian Government

1. Disaster Recovery Payment:

  • Amount: $1,000 per adult, $400 per child under 16 years of age.  
  • Individuals who have been seriously injured, had a family member who has died or had their primary place of residence destroyed are eligible to apply for this grant. Eligible individuals may also have experienced major structural or interior damage to their primary place of residence or had major assets (value > $20,000) destroyed or significantly damaged.

All claims can be made by one of the following:

  1. Over the phone at 180 22 66
  2. Print and complete the relevant form
  3. Go to your local service centre

NSW:

Victoria:

Queensland:

South Australia:

 

If you require further assistance in making a claim or have any questions, please contact your usual Mazars advisor or alternatively the contacts below.

Brisbane – Angela Winton

Melbourne – Christopher Cicutto

Sydney – Dean Newman

+61 7 3218 3900

+61 3 9252 0800

+61 2 9922 1166

 

Published: 13 February 2020

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