Federal Minister for Justice Michael Keenan and Victorian Minister for Emergency Services Jane Garrett today announced disaster assistance in response to flooding which commenced on 27 January 2016 and affected the local government area of Greater Geelong.
Disaster assistance is being provided through the jointly-funded Commonwealth-State Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA).
Eligible individuals in the local government area of Greater Geelong will now be able to access the following emergency grants to relieve personal hardship and distress:
- Emergency Relief Assistance, which provides payments of up to $520 per adult and $260 per child (up to a maximum of $1,300 per household) available to help meet immediate needs, including emergency food, shelter, clothing, and personal items.
- Emergency Re-establishment Payments, which provide up to $32,500 per eligible household for clean-up, emergency accommodation, repairs, rebuilding (a principal place of residence), and replacing some damaged contents.
- In addition, assistance is available to the Greater Geelong Council to assist with the costs of clean-up operations and restoration of essential public assets.
Anyone who has been affected by the flooding and is suffering personal hardship and distress should call the Victorian Emergency Recovery Information Line on 1300 799 232 to find out about the assistance that is available.
Information about the assistance can be found on the Australian Government’s Disaster Assist website at www.disasterassist.gov.au and through Emergency Relief and Recovery Victoria www.recovery.vic.gov.au or 1300 799 232.