Emergency Relief Grants

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30 September, 2016

As emergency service continue to mop up the carnage created by high winds and large volumes of water from several days of extreme weather conditions the Department of Community and Social Inclusion has released several Emergency Relief Grants available to those affected.

THE LOSS OF POWER GRANT

As the loss power was attributed to the storm, households will not be compensated through their energy providers. However, the Department of Community and Social Inclusion have announced an Emergency Relief Grant (Residential Households only). This grant is for immediate essential needs, is not means tested, and is available to support people directly impacted by power outages during the declared Major Incident 28-29 September 2016.

To be eligible you must meet all of the following criteria:

- your principal place of residence must have been continuously without power from 3.50pm Wednesday 28 September to at least 12pm Thursday 29 September

- have suffered hardship as a result of the power outage

- unable to meet your immediate essential needs for food, clothing, medical supplies or temporary accommodation.

This grant is not asset tested. Eligible people will receive $280 per adult and $140 per child, up to a maximum of $700 per household.

To apply for the Loss of Power Grant, you will need to download and complete a Loss of Power Grant application 127.2 KB form (also available at relief centres) and lodge in person at an Emergency Relief Centre

EMERGENCY RELIEF GRANT

If you have been affected by the severe weather event but have not experienced at least 18 hours of power outage you may be eligible for The Emergency Relief Grant, for immediate needs when you are unable to access your home. Eligible people will receive $280 per adult and $140 per child up to a maximum of $700 per family.

To be eligible, your home must be inaccessible because of the severe weather or flood and you are unable to meet your own immediate and essential needs such as food and medications.

CLEAN-UP GRANT

This grant is to assist with the clean-up of flood-damaged homes. This is paid per residence, up to a $700 maximum, depending on the level of damage to your home. To be eligible at least one room inside your home must have been damaged by the floods.

For more information or to apply for a grant, visit a relief centre. If you are unable to visit a relief centre due to illness or distance, call the recovery hotline on 1800 302 787.

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