Grants and support for flood-affected residents extend across South-East Queensland
Posted on March 1st, 2022
More residents across South-East Queensland who have been impacted by severe flooding over recent days may be eligible for financial assistance, including Emergency Hardship Assistance grants of up to $180 per person and $900 for a family of five or more.
Grants are continuing to be made available across impacted areas to support residents who are experiencing financial hardship as a result of the flooding.
Thousands of people have been evacuated from their homes for their safety or have been isolated for some time.
Grants are now open for people in the following locations:
- Ipswich local government area (LGA)
- Somerset LGA
- Moreton Bay LGA
- Lockyer Valley LGA
- Gympie LGA
- Dallarnil locality – North Burnett LGA
Assessments are continuing as the flooding situation changes and other areas will be activated as needs emerge.
Financial assistance is available under jointly-funded Commonwealth/State-Disaster Relief Funding Arrangements (DRFA).
Emergency Hardship Assistance grants help cover the costs of essential items, such as food, medication and clothing, for people who have been directly impacted by this disaster.
Other grants such the Essential Household Contents Grant, Structural Assistance Grant and Essential Services Safety and Reconnection Grant, which are income tested, are also available to eligible residents who are uninsured and have experienced certain loss or damage following this disaster.
Minister Enoch said the Queensland Government’s Ready Reserves are on standby to lead community recovery efforts in these areas once the flood water subsides and it is safe to travel.
“These dedicated community recovery workers will be mobilised and on the ground to help affected individuals and families access the financial assistance and support services that they need to assist with their recovery,” she said.
“We are also continuing to monitor the current flood situation across South-East Queensland and are working with local authorities as damage and impacts become clearer.
Grant applications for those who have been impacted can be made through the Community Recovery online portal at www.communityrecovery.qld.gov.au, www.qld.gov.au/community/disasters-emergencies or phone the Community Recovery Hotline on 1800 173 349 to get information or apply for grants and access to support services over the phone.
You can also download the Self Recovery app for information or to apply for grants, including Emergency Hardship Assistance grants, as it provides access to the latest information, grant applications and referrals for community organisations and other government agencies.
Additionally, anyone impacted by the flood event can apply for housing assistance, including home owners and private renters, by visiting www.qld.gov.au or calling 13QGOV (13 74 68).
Disaster relief for small businesses
Small business disaster relief announcements will be published on this page. You are encouraged to monitor this page for updates. There are a range of key supports available for impacted individuals and families, including:
- Emergency Hardship Assistance Grants available of up to $180 per person, or $900 for a family of five or more residents located within targeted areas in Gympie and Dallarnil who have been impacted by severe flooding over recent days. These grants help cover the costs of essential items, such as food, medication and clothing.
- Essential Household Contents Grants of up to $1765 for single adults and up to $5,300 for couples/families are available. These grants are for those who are uninsured, or unable to claim insurance. If eligible you may receive financial assistance towards replacing or repairing essential household contents, such as beds, linen and white goods, that have been lost or damaged in a disaster
The Small Business Disaster Hub contains resources to assist small business with a range of disasters (including flooding) to help them prepare, respond, recover and communicate so they can get back to business sooner. The Hub is also available as a free app via Apple or Google.