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Grants and financial assistance

South Australians directly affected by the Keilira fire can apply for financial assistance.

Re-establishment Grants up to $10,000 for Bushfire Residents

Eligible South Australians who are uninsured and have had their principal residence damaged by bushfires can apply for grants of up to $10,000 to help them re-establish their homes.

The payments can be used to help repair bushfire-damaged homes or replace essential household items.

​The payments are available only to those persons who meet the following criteria:

  • Their primary residence has been damaged
  • They meet an income test
  • Their losses are not being met by insurance, compensation or other assistance measures
  • The structure/dwelling component of the grant can only be paid to owner-occupiers
  • The essential household and personal item component may be paid to owner-occupiers or tenants.

People can apply for these grants at the Emergency Relief Centres at Highbury and Mt Barker.

​Assistance is being provided under the jointly funded Commonwealth-State Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements. The SA Housing Authority will administer the grants under its Emergency Relief arrangements.

For more information on eligibility please visit a relief centre or phone the SA Recovery Hotline on 1800 302 787 (8.00 am to 8.00 pm).

Red Cross Emergency Grants

Red Cross launched an emergency grants program on 23 December to support individuals and communities affected by severe bushfires across the country. The grants are available to people across the country whose primary place of residence (owner/occupied or rented) has been destroyed, or made uninhabitable or unfit to live in, as a result of a bushfire since 1 July 2019. Each household can apply for $2,000, with funds provided as a contribution to meet basic recovery needs.

The Emergency Grants Program is one component of a broader Red Cross Recovery Program which provides funds directly to people in communities impacted by a disaster to meet basic needs. The funds are being distributed as part of this program will be drawn from the Red Cross Disaster Relief and Recovery fund (DRR) donated by the general public and corporate communities.

Please see the Red Cross website for information on how to apply.

Disaster Recovery Allowance

The Disaster Recovery Allowance is a short-term payment to help you if a declared disaster directly affects your income. It is payable for a maximum of 13 weeks from the date you lose your income.

More information on the Disaster Recovery Allowance, including eligibility criteria is available on the Department of Human Services website.

Disaster Recovery Payment

The Australian Government Disaster Recovery Payment is a one-off payment to help you if a declared disaster significantly affects you.

If you’re eligible you will get $1,000 per adult and $400 for each child under 16 years of age.

More information on the Disaster Recovery Payment, including eligibility criteria is available on the Department of Human Services website or phone 180 22 66.

Recovery grants for primary producers

A grant of $15,000 is available for eligible primary producers affected by the Kangaroo Island bushfires.

The grant is designed to assist with the immediate costs of beginning to rebuild and recover and is provided under the jointly funded Commonwealth-State Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA).

For more information, including eligibility criteria or to apply, phone the PIRSA Recovery Hotline on 1800 931 314 or visit the PIRSA website.

Additional grants of up to $75,000

Additional assistance will soon be made available to primary producers in bushfire-affected areas of South Australia.

Eligible primary producers can access grants of up to $75,000 to support the recovery process.

You can register your interest:
Phone the PIRSA Recovery Hotline on 1800 931 314

Interested parties will be notified when application information and eligibility criteria are available. Please keep visiting this page for further updates.

Tax implications

For income tax implications related to receiving grants, contact the Australian Taxation Office.

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