Aug 11, 2020

Disaster assistance is now available in the local government areas of Bega, Eurobodalla, Goulburn Mulwaree, Kiama, Orange, Queanbeyan-Palerang, Shellharbour, Shoalhaven, Snowy Monaro, Sutherland, Upper Lachlan, Wollongong and Yass, following severe storms and floods across New South Wales.

Assistance is being provided through the jointly funded Commonwealth-State Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA).

Senator for New South Wales Jim Molan said the Australian Government is committed to ensuring the region’s recovery is effective.

“Severe weather has caused significant damage to roads, businesses and residential properties, with many councils now undertaking clean-up work and repairs to infrastructure,” Senator Molan said.

“We’re prepared to do what it takes to further assist the NSW Government to support councils in their response to the devastating storms and floods impacting individuals and communities across the region.”

New South Wales Minister for Police and Emergency Services David Elliott said the SES received more than 1,500 Requests for Assistance, including flood rescues.

“Communities experienced significant losses and disruption due to damaging winds and flooding,” Minister Elliott said.

“The assistance being announced today will help cover the costs associated with the operational response and repairing damaged essential public assets, such as roads.”

Assistance available under the DRFA may include:

  • help for eligible people whose homes or belongings have been damaged
  • support for affected local councils to help with the costs of cleaning up and restoring
    damaged essential public assets
  • concessional interest rate loans for small businesses, primary producers and nonprofit organisations
  • freight subsidies for primary producers, and
  • grants to eligible non-profit organisations


For information on personal hardship and distress assistance, contact the Disaster Welfare Assistance Line on 1800 018 444. To apply for a concessional loan or grant, contact the NSW Rural Assistance Authority on 1800 678 593 or visit www.raa.nsw.gov.au

Further information on disaster assistance is available on the Australian Government’s Disaster Assist website at www.disasterassist.gov.au and the NSW emergency information and response website at www.emergency.nsw.gov.au