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Grants and financial assistance

South Australians directly affected by the Yorketown fire can apply for a number of grants or financial assistance.

Disaster Recovery Allowance and Payment

The Australian Government is offering assistance for those who have experienced a loss of income or have been adversely affected as a direct result of the Yorketown fire.

The fastest way to claim the payment or apply for the allowance is to call 180 22 66. Phone lines are open Monday to Friday from 8.00 am to 8.00 pm, and on Saturday or Sunday from 10.00 am to 4.00 pm.

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 Centrelink website.

Disaster Recovery Payment

The 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 Centrelink website.

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 1800 931 314
Email PIRSA.Recovery@sa.gov.au

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

Drought Community Support Initiative

Primary producers in the Yorke Peninsula local government area may also be eligible for a one-off payment of $3000 from the Australian Government.

This payment is not just for landholders – you could be a farmer, farm worker, or supplier/contractor doing it tough because of the drought.

Apply for the Australian Government Drought Community Support Initiative on the St Vincent de Paul Society website.

Personal Hardship Emergency Grants

Applications for these grants are closed.

South Australians directly affected by the Yorketown fire were able to apply for one-off emergency grants to assist with immediate, temporary relief.

The Personal Hardship Emergency Grants of up to $700 per family (or $280 per individual adult) were able to be used at the discretion of each recipient, but are intended to pay for essential items such as food, toiletries, clothing and medication.

This assistance was provided through the jointly funded Commonwealth-State Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements.

Tax implications

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

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05 Jul 2018
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