Guide to get­ting govt as­sis­tance

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS -

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/.

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