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​​​​​​​​​Disaste​​​r assistance​

The Tasmanian and Australian Governments has activated disaster assistance for communities affected by the June 2016 floods in Tasmania.

The financial assistance is being provided through the jointly-funded Commonwealth-State Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA).

Please see below a list of the assistance available, or for more information please call 1800 567 567.

Assistance is now available in the local government areas of:​

  • Break O'Day
  • Burnie
  • Central Coast
  • Central Highlands
  • Circular Head
  • Derwent Valley
  • Devonport
  • Dorset
  • George Town
  • Glamorgan-Spring Bay
  • Kentish
  • Latrobe
  • Launceston​​
  • Meander Valley
  • Northern Midlands
  • Southern Midlands
  • Waratah-Wynyard
  • West Coast
  • West Tamar

 







Primary Producer Clean-up Grants

The Tasmanian and Australian Governments have announced (26 July 2016) grants of up to $10,000 to help eligible primary producers affected in the June floods.

Primary producers hit for a second time by more recent flooding could also be eligible for these grants if they have suffered 'compounding damage' – further damage that has worsened initial damage caused in June. The total amount available for both flooding events is capped at $10,000, but may represent multiple claims.​

The grants can be used to assist primary producers with clean-up and restoration activities including removing debris, disposing of dead livestock, salvaging crops, grain and feed, and repairing plant and equipment.

Grants are currently available to eligible primary producers in the following eight local government areas only:

  • Break O'Day
  • Central Coast
  • Central Highlands
  • Kentish
  • Latrobe
  • Meander Valley
  • Northern Midlands
  • Waratah-Wynyard

The funding is being provided under the jointly funded Commonwealth-State Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA).

Applications must be lodged by 30 December 2016 ​

Please download the application form (PDF, 282KB) and information for applicants (PDF, 241KB) and contact AgriGrowth Tasmania if you need more information on 6777 2233 or AGT.admin@dpipwe.tas.gov.au​.​​


Huon River flood support​​​​

The Tasmanian Government has announced (22 July 2016) it will provide financial assistance to eligible businesses and home-owners affected by the worst floods in Huonville in two decades that occurred around the 15 July 2016.

Those affected by the flood in the south will receive the same support as those in the north in line with the financial assistance packages listed below.​


Managing logjams and debris (PDF, 178KB)

The State Government is providing up to $200,000 to clear logjams caused by the recent floods. Advice and support is also available to assist landowners to clear debris from their land.

Forestry Tasmania is coordinating local contract crews in close consultation with impacted land owners.

The Taskforce is also partnering with the Natural Resource Management regional organisations throughout Tasmania, and Conservation Volunteers Australia, which will coordinate volunteers, to assist landowners to clean-up debris.

Landowners seeking advice or help to clean up their property or people interested in helping please contact 1800 567 567 or email floodrecovery@dpac.tas.gov.au. Contact hours: 9am – 5pm Monday – Friday.


​Recove​​​​ry and r​​es​toration grants

Recovery and restoration grants are made available on the basis of need to individuals and families who meet the eligibility criteria, and are not a replacement for insurance or compensation for losses.​

Applications for these grants close 31 October, 2016.

Three Recovery and Restoration Grants are available to cover the following circumstances:

Temporary Li​​ving Ex​​​​penses Grant​  (PDF, 158KB)​

This grant is to meet temporary living expenses beyond normal day-to-day expenses where the principal place of residence is uninhabitable and costs cannot be met from the applicant's own resources.

Grants are made available on the basis of need and are not a replacement for insurance or compensation for losses.

Assistance of up to $8 875 is available over a maximum period of 6-months based on an individual family's needs assessment. Funding can be applied to any accommodation or travel-related expense.

Essential House​​hold Items Grant​​​​​ (PDF, 180KB)​ 

This grant is to assist with the replacement of essential household items damaged or destroyed in the June 2016 floods.

Grants are made available on the basis of need and are not a replacement for insurance or compensation for losses.

Assistance of up to $5 800 is available (plus $950 per household member up to $8 875) net of any insurance. 

Repair, Restoration an​​​d Clean Up Grant (PDF, 158KB)

This grant is to assist with the re-establishment of a principal place of residence to a basic, minimum standard to allow it to be inhabited. The grant is not designed to assist with returning the property to its full pre-disaster condition.

Grants are made available on the basis of need and are not a replacement for insurance or compensation for losses.

For those applicants that are unable to repair/rebuild properties, these grants may be used to assist with other clean up and re-establishment costs.

Assistance of up to $8 875 is available.

Eligibility

The key criterion that applies to all assistance measures is that any assistance provided is based on a needs assessment.

Where available, eligibility for Recovery and Restoration Grants is assessed against the following criteria:

  • Income
  • Age
  • Assets
  • Proof of identity
  • Residential status​​
  • Insurance status

How to apply 

Assessors from the Tasmanian Government are available to guide applicants through the application process.

Final assessment occurs upon receipt of a fully completed application form. 

To make an appointment to meet with an assessor, call 1800 567 567.


Transport subsidy for flood-affected primary producers

Assistance is available for flood-affected primary producers to reduce the costs of transporting fodder, stock, and materials following the floods. The costs of transporting fodder and/or water to a property, stock to or from agistment, stock to sale or slaughter, and transport and equipment of materials directly associated with primary production, are generally eligible for the subsidy. Further details regarding eligibility are available in the Scheme information and guidelines (PDF, 360KB).

​Applicants can lodge a completed application form (PDF, 525KB)with the required documentation to AgriGrowth Tasmania by email to:
Email: AGT.admin@dpipwe.tas.gov.au
Post to: AgriGrowth Tasmania, PO Box 46, Kings Meadows, TAS 7249
Fax: 03 6344 9814. 

Applications must be lodged by 30 November 2016. 

For further information, contact AgriGrowth Tasmania on 03 6777 2233.

Other Flood-related information for farmers is also available at www.dpipwe.tas.gov.au


Flood Recovery Loan Scheme – small business and primary producers

The Tasmanian Government is providing a Loan Scheme to assist primary producers and small businesses directly affected by the June 2016 floods.

The loan scheme will provide loans ranging from a minimum of $25,000 to a maximum of $200,000 for eligible businesses located in areas affected by the June 2016 floods.

Applications will close 16 December, 2016.

For more information visit the Department of State Growth website.


Emergency assis​​​tance for farmers

Crisis relief funding up to $2 500 is available to eligible farmers within 48 hours of application through the Rural Relief Fund (RRF). The RRF can be used for anything from household goods, fence repairs and fodder.

To apply,​​

Other Flood-related information for farmers is also available at www.dpipwe.tas.gov.au​​​​​​​​​​


The total amount of grants available is $100,000. For information please call 1800 567 567.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​