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Were you affected by Cyclone Debbie? One day left to submit relief applications.

Were you affected by Cyclone Debbie? If you are eligible for the Disaster Recovery Payment or Disaster Recovery Allowance you need to get your application in by tomorrow January 19.

Department of Human Services General Manager Hank Jongen is reminding all eligible residents to submit a claim by tomorrow.

‘Anyone who believes they may qualify for a payment needs to lodge their claim by the cut-off date to avoid missing out,’ said Mr Jongen.

‘The Disaster Recovery Payment is a one-off payment of $1000 per eligible adult and $400 per eligible child aged under 16.

‘The Disaster Recovery Allowance is a short term payment, equivalent to the rate of Newstart or Youth Allowance, for a maximum of 13 weeks for eligible individuals – including employees, primary producers and sole traders – who experienced a loss of income as a direct result of the cyclone.

‘Claimants must meet a range of additional criteria to be eligible for each payment and should check the full details on the Human Services website before applying.’

Mr Jongen said the period for claiming in other Local Government Areas affected by Tropical Cyclone Debbie closed late last year.

Claims can be submitted by calling the Australian Government Emergency Information line on 180 22 66, by post or in person at a Department of Human Services Service Centre.

For more details about eligibility criteria and how to claim click here.


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