Current Grant Opportunity View - GO275
New Zealand ex-gratia Disaster Recovery Allowance and ex-gratia Disaster Recovery Payment Programme
Where the Australian Government has made disaster recovery payments available, the Prime Minister or Cabinet may also decide to provide a similar payment to eligible New Zealand special category visa (subclass 444) holders residing in Australia who have been directly affected by a major disaster.
This includes the ex-gratia Disaster Recovery Allowance (ex-gratia DRA) and the ex-gratia Disaster Recovery Payment (ex-gratia DRP). Ex-gratia DRA provides short-term income support where the Disaster Recovery Allowance (DRA) has been made available. Ex-gratia DRP provides a one-off, non means tested payment where the Australian Government Disaster Recovery Payment (DRP) has been made available. These payments are delivered consistently with the conditions and eligibility of DRA and DRP under the Social Security Act 1991.
The Australian Government helps eligible individuals:
- Ex-gratia Disaster Recovery Allowance—who can demonstrate their income has been affected as a direct result of a disaster.
- Ex-Gratia Disaster Recovery Payment—who have been adversely affected by a major disaster in Australia.
1 July 2017 - 30 June 2020
Claimants are required to lodge a claim form with the Department of Human Services (DHS) in person, by telephone, mail or fax.
All claims for assistance must be lodged within six months from the day the Minister for Justice declares an event is a major disaster and signs the Ministerial Determinations under section 36 and 1061L of the Social Security Act 1991.