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January 7th, 2011


Bundaberg – Fraser Coast District

Keep Australia Working Newsletter Issue No.11, January 2010
What a start to the year of 2011!

Our thoughts go out to everyone who has been affected by the floods in Queensland over December and January. Communities, businesses and individuals have all been affected. It takes time to recover from these unfortunate events but there is assistance available. All levels of government are working together to make sure assistance is available to those who need it. Below is a summary of the assistance that may be available to help individuals and businesses recover. This information is provided as a guide only and everyone will need to check their entitlement with the agency concerned.

The Australian Government Disaster Assist website:-
has been set up to give people access to information about recovery assistance following a disaster. Assistance is available for people adversely affected by the Queensland flooding.
Individual Support
The Australian Government Disaster Recovery Payment (AGDRP) will be provided to eligible people affected by the Queensland flooding during the December 2010 – January 2011 period. The payment is to provide immediate, one-off financial assistance to eligible Australians adversely affected by the disaster. The Australian Government Disaster Recovery Payment rate is $1,000 per eligible adult and $400 per child.

Details on how to claim are available from the Centrelink website:-

or by phoning 180 22 66.

Claims for this assistance can be lodged at Centrelink until 4 July 2011 as application for the payment is available for a period of up to six months.

The Queensland Government, through the Department of Communities, also has financial assistance available.

The Community RecoveryWebsite:-

has information on the personal Hardship Assistance grant, which is non-means tested. This grant is to help people meet immediate and unexpected basic costs such as food, clothing, medical or accommodation costs associated with the disaster.
For those without house and contents insurance some means-tested assistance may also be available.

Phone 1800 173 349

for more information on assistance from the Department of Communities.
Business Assistance
The Queensland Rural Adjustment Authority:-

has grants of up to $25,000 for primary producers and businesses which have suffered direct damage as a result of the flooding. The grants are to help with direct costs of repair after the flooding. In our region, businesses in the local government areas of South Burnett, North Burnett, Cherbourg and Bundaberg are eligible.

Phone the QRAA on 1800 623 946 for details.
Concessional interest rate loans of up to $250,000 as well as freight subsidies of up to $5,000 are available for small business operators and primary producers across these Local Government Areas.

Call the QRAA on 1800 623 943 to discuss your situation.

Don’t forget that during times of natural disaster take
time to look after yourself as well as others. Some tips
on disaster resilience from the Disaster Assist website include:
Adjust your lifestyle to your needs.

Don’t just do things out of habit or because you planned them some time ago.
Avoid making important life decisions until you can be objective. Make as many small decisions on a day to day basis as you like to ensure you have control over your life.
Make time to practise relaxation or absorb yourself in a relaxing activity such as listening to music – this helps your body and nervous system to settle and readjust.
Above all, be kind to yourself.

Jason Millward | Local Employment Coordinator |

Phone 0412 772 307

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Received & published by Henry Sapiecha

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