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Media articles

More home repair help delivered to flooded Queenslanders

Joint media release with the Hon Mark Ryan MP

More assistance is being rolled out to Queensland communities severely affected by the ongoing monsoon floods.

Personal Hardship Assistance measures have now been extended to Doomadgee Aboriginal Shire Council and the entire Boulia region. These measures were previously made available to Burke Shire, Mount Isa Shire (Camooweal) and Urandangi.

Under the measures, impacted residents can apply for:

Disaster assistance following bushfires across NSW

Joint media release with the Hon Steph Cooke MP

Disaster assistance is now available for councils, primary producers and residents in Bathurst, Bogan, Brewarrina, Coonamble, Dubbo, Mid-Western, Walgett and Warren following severe bushfires earlier this month.

Assistance is being provided through the jointly funded Commonwealth-State Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA).

Federal disaster payments activated for North Queensland floods

Joint media release with the Hon Bill Shorten MP

The Albanese Government has now activated federal disaster assistance payments to flood-affected Queenslanders experiencing ongoing extreme monsoon activity and rainfall.

The Australian Government Disaster Recovery Payment (AGDRP) is available from today to residents in the Queensland Local Government Areas (LGAs) of Boulia, Burke and Mount Isa.

Mental health help for emergency services workers

Joint media release with the Hon Emma McBride MP  

Australia’s emergency workers will receive additional mental health support through the establishment of the National Emergency Workers Support Service (NEWSS).

The Government is providing $4 million to the Black Dog Institute to establish and deliver the NEWSS, which is an expansion of the National Bush Fire Support Service. This service will be extended to all emergency services workers who respond to national disasters such as bushfires, floods, and the COVID-19 pandemic.

More support for flood-impacted communities

Joint media release with the Hon Paul Toole MP, the Hon Natasha Maclaren-Jones MP and the Hon Steph Cooke MP

More financial support will be made available to flood-impacted communities across New South Wales, including Medium Size Business Support grants, as the recovery from flooding which began in August, 2022 continues.

The latest round of support includes:

Disaster assistance for local Northern Territory communities

The Federal and Territory Governments are working together to deliver disaster assistance to flood-affected Territorians.

The Australian Defence Force evacuated over 400 people by air, while more than 600 people are being cared for at the Howard Springs Centre for National Resilience.

Financial support has also begun rolling out for residents affected by severe flooding in the communities and surrounding homelands in Kalkaringi, Daguragu and Pigeon Hole following heavy rain and strong winds from a slow moving tropical low.

More than $100 million in government flood support

Joint media release with the Hon Mark Furner MP

Thousands of South East Queensland primary produce​rs, small businesses and non-profit organisations impacted by flood events in the first half of 2022 have made the most of available grants and loans to help them continue to recover.

Extraordinary Disaster Assistance Recovery Grants and Disaster Assistance Loans with a total value of $134.6million have been provided under the jointly funded Commonwealth-State Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements.

Further personal hardship assistance and new freight subsidies for North Queensland

Joint media release with the Hon Mark Ryan MP

Residents isolated by flooding in Camooweal, 190km north-west of Mount Isa, can now access Personal Hardship Assistance provided by the Queensland Government and jointly funded by the Australian Government through the Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA).

This support provides $180 for individuals and up to $900 for a family of five or more to cover the costs of essential items such as food, clothing and medicine.

Disaster assistance extended to more QLD regions

Joint media release with the Hon Mark Ryan MP

Disaster assistance is now available to a further six flooded local government areas across Northern and Central Queensland following extreme monsoonal rainfall.

Personal hardship payments are also available to cover the costs of essential items for individuals and families in Burke Shire. 

Disaster assistance is now available in a further six flooded Local Government Areas (LGAs) across Northern and Central Queensland following extreme monsoonal rainfall.