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Grants and financial assistance

A range of grants is available to help you with your recovery. If you’re struggling to navigate your options speak to a team member at your local recovery centre.

Recovery centres

Lobethal Recovery Centre

Fabrik Arts and Heritage Building
1 Lobethal Road, Lobethal
Phone: 0418213269

Parndana Recovery Centre

Community Health Centre
12 Jubilee Road, Parndana
Phone: 0438861215

Yorketown

SYP Community Hub
33 Stansbury Road, Yorketown
Phone: 88521820

Recovery Centre Hotline

Phone 1800 302 787

If you need help with financial decisions after a bushfire, visit the moneysmart.gov.au dealing with natural disasters website for advice.

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Re-establishment grants (SA Government)

How much

Up to $20,000

Who it is for

To help people who are uninsured, and whose principal residence (home) has been damaged by bushfire, to repair bushfire-damaged homes or replace essential household items.

Find out more

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Recovery grants for small business (SA Government)

How much

Up to $50,000

Who it is for

Small businesses affected by the bushfires for immediate costs associated with clean-up, restoration and rebuilding.

Find out more

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Recovery grants for primary producers (SA Government)

How much

Up to $75,000

Who it is for

Primary producers affected by the bushfires to assist with the immediate costs of rebuilding and recovery.

Find out more

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SA Bushfire Appeal

Who it is for

People directly affected by bushfires in Cudlee Creek and on Kangaroo Island

Find out more

SA Bushfire Appeal website

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Sporting club grants

How much

Up to $10,000

Who it is for

Sporting clubs affected by the bushfires

Find out more

Office for Sport and Recreation application site

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Concessional loans for small businesses, primary producers and non-profit organisations

How much

Concessional loan of up to $500,000

Who it is for

Eligible businesses to restore and replace assets and property that have been significantly damaged in the fires.

These loans are jointly-funded by the State and Commonwealth Governments under Disaster Recovery Arrangements

Find out more

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Regional Tourism Bushfire Recovery Grants - Regional Events (Federal Government)

How much

Stream 1: Up to a total value of $30,000

Stream 2: Larger events and/or other visitor attractions such as art installations and tourist walks.

Who it is for

Local government authorities and regional tourism organisations operating in bushfire affected areas receiving Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA) assistance.

Find out more

Austrade website

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South Australia Export Accelerator - Bushfire Response Grant (State Government)

Who is it for

South Australian businesses which have been exporting but have suffered economic impact either directly or indirectly by the recent fires.

Find out more

Department for Trade and Investment website

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Personal Hardship Emergency Grants

How much

Up to $700 per family, or $280 per adult

Who it is for

South Australians directly affected by the fires can apply for a one-off emergency grant to assist with immediate, temporary relief.

These loans are jointly-funded by the State and Commonwealth Governments under Disaster Recovery Arrangements

Find out more

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Disaster recovery allowance (Centrelink)

How much

Up to 13 weeks to a maximum of the equivalent rate of Newstart or Youth Allowance, based on your circumstances.

Who it is for

Australian independent residents in a bushfire-affected area who have suffered a loss of income as a direct result of the bushfires.

Find out more

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Disaster recovery payment (Centrelink)

How much

$1,000 per eligible adult and $800 for each eligible child under 16 years of age.

Who it is for

Australian residents significantly affected by a declared disaster. This is a one-off payment only.

Find out more

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Emergency grants (Red Cross)

How much

  • $20,000 Emergency grant for people who have lost their homes.
  • $7,500 Injury grant for people who were hospitalised due to the fires
  • $5,000 Primary residence repair grant for homeowners whose homes have been structurally damaged and require repair to make them safe and habitable.

Who it is for

Bushfire-affected people in financial hardship.

Deadline for grant applications: 30 April 2020.

Find out more

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Drought relief funding (St Vincent de Paul)

How much

$3000

Who it is for

Farmers, farm workers or farm suppliers/contractors impacted by the drought.

Find out more

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Disaster recovery assistance (St Vincent de Paul)

If you have been affected by the SA bushfires and suffered:

  • loss of property
  • damage to outbuildings or sheds
  • loss of vehicles or machinery
  • loss of stock

you can apply for assistance.

Find out more

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Bushfire Crisis Support (Indigenous Business Australia)

How much

Up to $2,000

Who it is for

Indigenous Business Australia (IBA) business finance and home loan customers directly impacted by the bushfires through loss of property or compulsory evacuation. Other support is also available.

Find out more

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Bushfire Recovery Grants (Salvation Army)

Who it is for

Bushfire-affected people in financial hardship. Grants include:

  • Hardship Recovery Grant
  • Significant-Loss Grant
  • Total Loss of Residence Grant.

Find out more

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Bushfire Recovery Grants (CommBank)

How much

Up to $50,000.

Who it is for

Organisations directly affected by the fire. To be eligible, each organisation must:

  • Be a community organisation, fire service, school, sporting club or non-government organisation in a bushfire-affected area
  • Need to replace or repair facilities or property lost or damaged by bushfire during the 2019–20 bushfire season
  • Be unlikely to be covered by insurance
  • Be able to identify how repair or replacement of the facilities or property will benefit the community
  • Hold a current bank account in Australia in its name.

Projects with any political objectives are not eligible.

Deadline for applications: Tuesday 30 June 2020.

Find out more

CommBank Bushfire Recovery Grants

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Small Business Grant (Federal Government)

How much?

$10,000

Who is it for?

Small businesses on Kangaroo Island who have lost revenue of 40 per cent or more as a result of the bushfires.

Find out more

Contact the Recovery Hotline, phone 1800 302 787

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NBN relief package

How much?

One-off credit of up to $300'

Who is it for?

NBN customers who have lost their home or business in the fire. NBN customers living and/or operating a business in the fire scar are also eligible to apply for a one-off credit of up to $50.

Find out more

Contact your internet service provider

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Kangaroo Island Mayoral Relief and Recovery Bushfire Fund

Category 1 – Deceased persons

How much

$20,000

Who it is for

Next of kin of the people who died in the fire.

Category 2 – Injury

How much

Up to $5,000

Who it is for

People seriously injured by the fire and who had an extended stay in hospital.

Category 3 – Destroyed homes

How much

$5,000 per eligible household plus $500 per child under 18 years of age residing at the premises.

Who it is for

Property owner/occupiers and tenants whose principal place of residence was rendered uninhabitable by the fire.

Category 4 – House and/or property damage

How much

  • $2,000 per house/property,
  • $4,000 per property assessment number (shedding damage)
  • $2,000 per property assessment number (water tanks and pumps, fence and farm equipment damage)

Who it is for

Property owners who experienced infrastructure damage as a result of the fire to:

  • house and/or contents
  • shedding
  • water tanks and pumps
  • fencing
  • farm equipment.

The property must be within the fire footprint.

Category 5 – Business

How much

$2,000 per property

Who it is for

Households who derive an income from the affected property such as primary producers and small businesses. Sharefarmers who derive an income from the affected property will be eligible for  $2,000 per property.

Category 6 – Vehicles

How much

$400 per household

Who it is for

People who experienced damage to vehicles as a result of the fire.

Find out more

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Cudlee Creek Relief Grant (Tzu Chi)

How much

$1600 per family

Who it is for

People whose primary residence was destroyed or suffered major damage in the Cudlee Creek fire.

Find out more

Phone lines are open Monday to Friday from 9.00am to 5.00 pm.

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Waiver of state government administration fees

The SA Government is waiving fees and charges for people affected by the bushfires.

These include:

Phone Service SA on 13 10 84 or go to a Service SA Customer Service Centre.

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Taxation

The SA Government is providing tax relief measures for people affected by the bushfires.

These include:

  • Tax relief for the stamp duty payable on the purchase of replacement properties and motor vehicles
  • Relief for 2019-2020 and 2020-21 land tax liabilities
  • A hold on the Emergency Services Levy debt collection.

Australian Tax Office (ATO) Bushfire assistance

If you live in one of the identified impacted postcodes, the ATO will automatically defer any lodgments or payments due.

You don't need to apply for the deferral. The ATO will automatically defer:

  • income tax
  • activity statement
  • self-managed super fund (SMSF)
  • fringe benefits tax (FBT)
  • excise return lodgements, and their associated payments

until 28 May 2020.

If you have been affected by this disaster but your postcode or local government area (LGA) is not in the current postcodes list, don't worry.

Phone the ATO Emergency Support Infoline for help on 1800 806 218.

ATO website bushfire information

Tax Help Program

Tax Help is a network of ATO-trained and accredited community volunteers who provide a free and confidential service to help people complete their tax returns online using myTax.

Eligibility criteria apply.

ATO Tax Help website.

UniSA Tax Help Clinic

The clinic is a friendly, student-run service providing free advice from UniSA taxation students under the supervision of experienced tax professionals.

If you are an Australian resident (for tax purposes), or a small business without a tax agent, they may be able to help you.

Tax clinic at UniSA

Tax implications around grants

For income tax implications related to receiving grants, please contact the ATO.

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Banks assisting bushfire-affected customers

We are aware of the following banks offering assistance to their customers. Please contact your bank for more information.

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Page last updated : 02 Apr 2020

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