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End date approaches for Queensland flood payments



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MEDIA RELEASE NICOLA ROXON Attorney-General Minister for Emergency Management

SENATOR KIM CARR Minister for Human Services

Tuesday, 24 July 2012

END DATE APPROACHES FOR QUEENSLAND FLOOD PAYMENTS

People affected by major flooding across parts of Queensland earlier this year have until Monday, 6 August to claim an Australian Government Disaster Recovery Payment.

Attorney-General and Minister for Emergency Management Nicola Roxon said, while many of those affected have already received the assistance, others were yet to apply.

“The floods which inundated the Balonne, Barcaldine, Blackall-Tambo, Maranoa, Murweh and Paroo Local Government Areas from late January caused widespread damage to homes, businesses and farming land,” Ms Roxon said.

“As the floodwaters receded, many people have naturally concentrated on the clean-up and are still to lodge a claim for the assistance payment.”

Minister for Human Services Senator Kim Carr urged people to lodge a claim before 6 August.

“These payments are designed to give people who have been hard hit by these floods a bit of extra help - we want to help ensure no-one misses out,” Senator Kim Carr said.

The Australian Government Disaster Recovery Payment (AGDRP) provides a one-off payment of $1,000 for eligible adults and $400 for each eligible child in declared Local Government Areas. It is available to those:

 whose home was destroyed or severely damaged;  who were seriously injured in the disaster;

 who were stranded or unable to gain access to their home for 24 hours or more; or  whose home was without utilities or other essential services for at least 48 hours.

Senator Kim Carr said the floods across Australia this year resulted in one of the largest emergency responses the Department of Human Services has undertaken.

“It also saw the fastest turnaround of disaster payments in Australian Government history, with more than 340 claims granted across Queensland within hours of the payment being activated,” he said.

More than 10,200 AGDRP claims have been granted for floods across Queensland this year, worth more than $11.7 million.

More information about the Australian Government Disaster Recovery Payment is available at humanservices.gov.au/disaster.

Claims can be lodged through Centrelink Online Services (follow the links from the humanservices.gov.au/disaster page); by calling 180 22 66; or by handing a completed paper claim form to staff at a Centrelink or Medicare Service Centre.

Media contacts: Minister Roxon’s office, (02) 6277 7300 Minister Carr’s office (02) 6277 7200