Federal Minister for Emergency Management Mark Dreyfus
Victoria Minister for Police and Emergency Services Kim Wells
Financial Assistance For Victorians Hit By Storms And Tornadoes
Victor P Taffa
Federal Attorney-General and Minister for Emergency Management, Mark Dreyfus, and the Victorian Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Kim Wells, today announced emergency financial assistance will be made available to Victorians significantly affected by the recent storms and tornadoes in North Eastern Victoria.
To help communities resume a normal life as quickly as possible, relief and recovery assistance will be provided to storm and tornado affected communities in North Eastern Victoria under the jointly funded Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements.
“These recent events had a devastating impact on a number of communities and it is important that support is provided to help them recover and move forward.” Mr. Wells said.
Mr. Wells said personal hardship grants would assist with immediate essential health, safety and well-being needs and also to help people to re-establish their homes.
Under the Victorian Personal Hardship Assistance Program the following assistance is available to eligible households:
- Emergency relief assistance, which provides payments of up to $480 per adult and $240 per child up to a maximum of $1,200 per household to cover emergency shelter, food, clothing, or personal items;
- Emergency re-establishment assistance, which provides up to $30,000 per household for clean-up, emergency accommodation, repairs, rebuilding and replacing some damaged contents.
It is available to eligible Victorians in extreme hardship whose homes have become uninhabitable due to the current crisis, and whose insurance won’t be sufficient to make their homes habitable again.
Mr. Wells said damage assessments are ongoing and it is likely that further assistance will be made available once the full impact of the storms and tornadoes is known.
“Our governments will continue to work together in the delivery of disaster assistance to those communities impacted by the storms and tornadoes.” Mr. Dreyfus said.
People seeking emergency support or advice about their eligibility for financial assistance under the Victorian Personal Hardship Assistance Program should contact their local council or the Victorian Emergency Recovery Information Line on 1300 799 232.