Up to 13 weeks income support is now available for those worst-hit by the bushfires in the Cootamundra-Gundagai, Goulburn Mulwaree and Wagga Wagga council areas.
Assistance is being provided through the federal Disaster Recovery Allowance.
Minister for Natural Disaster and Emergency Management David Littleproud said the payment would help those who have lost their income and need additional support.
“The Disaster Recovery Allowance is to help those who can’t go to work or run their own business because of the fires,” Minister Littleproud said.
“The allowance will keep people in their communities so they can help with the local recovery.
“This support package is on top of the assistance being provided through the jointly funded Commonwealth-State Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements.
“We will stand shoulder to shoulder with communities facing bushfires and will make more assistance available as it is needed.”
Claims will be open from Wednesday 22 January 2020.
Source: Australian Government