Seeking your feedback on the floods response
The floods had a significant impact on our communities. I am keen to get an understanding of how locals were affected, and also receive any advice or opinions about the flood response. If you would like to provide me with your views, or tell me about your experiences, you can do so via:
Update: I used this information to develop a submission to the Inspector-General of Emergency Management. You can read my submission here.
My office is open as usual
My office is open as usual despite the floods. We can help with all the usual things including Centrelink & immigration problems, 3397 1674 or drop in. And we’re happy to plug in your phone if you’ve lost power at home - BYO charger and come in and have a tea or coffee with us.
Federal government financial assistance
The Australian Government Disaster Recovery Payment (AGDRP)
The Australian Government has announced the AGDRP as a one-off, non means tested payment of AU$1000 for eligible adults and AU$400 for eligible children affected by a major disaster either in Australia or overseas.
I am concerned that the Morrison-Joyce government has made the eligibility for this payment very limited. I encourage you to apply if you are not sure.
Disaster Recovery Allowance (DRA)
The DRA is a short-term income support payment to assist individuals who can demonstrate their income has been affected as a direct result of a disaster.
See more on eligibility requirements and further information, for both payments: here
My office can also assist with further information on these payments: call on 3397 1674.
You can make a claim for financial assistance via MyGov or by calling 180 22 66.
I have also arranged for Centrelink workers to be on the ground in West End where the power outages have been widespread. They are co-locating with Micah Projects and with West End Community House.
Access to payments: tell me your story
Are you having trouble getting the federal government payments?
If you have any trouble accessing these payments, or have concerns about them - tell me your story using this survey form: