Queensland floods - January 2013 (ex-gratia assistance for New Zealanders)
An ex-gratia payment is available to assist New Zealand 'non-protected' special category visa holders (sub-class 444) who have been adversely affected by the Queensland floods that began on 21 January 2013.
You have until 29 July 2013 to lodge a claim for the following Local Government Areas:
- Fraser Coast
You have until 1 August 2013 to lodge a claim for the following Local Government Areas:
- Lockyer Valley
- North Burnett
You have until 6 August 2013 to lodge a claim for the following Local Government Areas:
You have until 12 August 2013 to lodge a claim for the following Local Government Areas:
- South Burnett
Payments of $1,000 per eligible adult and $400 per eligible child will be made if you:
- are 16 years or older, and
- are a non-protected special category visa holder (sub-class 444) and a 'non-resident' under the Social Security Act, and
- have participated in the Australian tax system for at least one year in the past three financial years or are currently engaged in income generating activities with a likelihood of paying tax in Australia on before 29 January 2014, and
- have not already received an Australian Government Disaster Recovery Payment for the disaster, and
- have experienced one or more of the following:
- you have been seriously injured
- you are the immediate family member of an Australian killed as a direct result of the floods
- your principal place of residence has been destroyed or has sustained major damage
- you have been unable to gain access to your principal place of residence for a period of at least 24 hours
- you have been stranded in your principal place of residence for a period of at least 24 hours
- your principal place of residence was without electricity, water, gas, sewage services or another essential service for a continuous period of 48 hours
- you are the principal carer of a dependent child who has experienced any of the above.
You can only claim on behalf of a deceased individual or their estate if the individual submitted a valid claim before their death. You may however be eligible to lodge a claim in your own right if you are the immediate family member of a person who is killed as a direct result of the bushfires.
- call us on 180 22 66
- complete, sign and take your claim form to your nearest Department of Human Services (Centrelink or Medicare) Service Centre or Agent, or post to:
Emergency Processing Centre
Reply Paid 7815
You can also fax your form to 1300 727 760. Please ensure any accompanying documentation is also clearly identified with your name.