Guide to getting govt assistance
AS NORTH Queensland licks its wounds from Cyclone Debbie, a raft of financial support programs have been activated by federal and state governments to support people and businesses affected.
The programs activated seek to support individuals, businesses, primary producers, non-profits and local councils who have experienced significant damages and lack the means to support themselves.
For those who are unable to apply online or access a telephone, hubs have been set up across the region located at Proserpine State High School Hall, Ruge Street (9am–4.30pm), Bowen TAFE, Queens Road (9am–4.30pm) and Cannonvale State School, Shute Harbour Road (10.30am –3.30pm)
INDIVIDUALS Immediate Hardship Assistance – A grant available to address the immediate needs of individuals and families who are unable to provide for their own resources.
Immediate Hardship Assistance - Essential Services – A second grant available for individuals or families who are directly impacted by the loss of one or more essential services for more than five days, are suffering hardship and are unable to provide their own recovery from their own resources.
Essential Household Contents Grant – The grant is a financial contribution towards the repair or replacement of uninsured essential household contents.
Structural Assistance Grant – The grant is a financial contribution toward the repair of damage to a dwelling (including caravans and residential vessels) caused by an eligible disaster to return it to a safe, habitable and secure condition.
Essential Services Safety and Reconnection Scheme
– Provides financial assistance of up to $5000 to individuals and families as a contribution towards safety inspections of and repairs to essential services (eg. electricity, gas, water and sewerage) damaged by an eligible disaster.
Disaster Recovery Payment – A one-off financial assistance to eligible Australians who have been seriously injured, who have lost their homes or whose homes have been directly damaged by the tropical cyclone.
Disaster Recovery Allowance – An ongoing income support payment to employees, primary producers and sole traders who can demonstrate they have experienced a loss of income as a direct result of the tropical cyclone.
New Zealand ex-gratia disaster recovery payment
– A payment is being provided to eligible New Zealand “non-protected” special category visa holders who have been adversely affected by the tropical cyclone.
New Zealand ex-gratia income support allowance
– An income support allowance is available to eligible New Zealand “non-protected” special category visa holders who can demonstrate they have experienced a loss of income as a direct result of the tropical cyclone.
FARMERS Natural Disaster Assistance (Concessional Loans) for Primary Producers – To provide concessional loans to primary producers whose assets (including fodder) have been significantly damaged as a direct result of an eligible disaster and who are unable to repair or replace the damaged assets or return to viable operations from their own resources but demonstrate reasonable prospects of re-establishing on a viable basis with the assistance given.
Essential Working Capital Loans Scheme for Primary Producers – The purpose of assistance under this scheme is to assist in meeting the needs of primary producers who have suffered a significant loss of income as a consequence of an eligible disaster, by providing the essential working capital required to continue business operations.
Freight Subsidies to Primary Producers – Activated to assist primary producers with movement of feed, building/fencing materials, stock, fodder, water, machinery/equipment and fuels.
BUSINESSES Natural Disaster Assistance (Concessional Loans) for Small Business
– Loans are available for re-establishing the viable operation of the business including by repairing or replacing damaged plant and equipment, repairing or replacing buildings, supplying stock for up to one month to replace lost stock and maintaining the liquidity of the business.
Essential Working Capital Loans Scheme for Small Business –
To assist in meeting the needs of small businesses that have suffered a significant loss of income as a consequence of an eligible disaster, by providing the essential working capital required to continue business operations.
ORGANISATIONS Natural Disaster Assistance (Concessional Loan and Grant Packages) for Non-Profit Organisations – Concessional loan/grant packages to non-profit organisations which have suffered direct damage caused by an eligible disaster.
Essential Working Capital Loans Scheme for Non-Profit Organisations – The purpose is to assist in meeting the needs of non-profit organisations that have suffered a significant loss of income as a consequence of an eligible disaster, by providing the essential working capital required to continue operations. For more info visit https://www.qld.gov.au/ community/disastersemergencies/.