Income support for bushfire-hit communities in Richmond Valley

Communities hit by the Northern NSW bushfires in Richmond Valley now have access to 13 weeks of income support payments to help them get back on their feet.

Minister for Natural Disaster and Emergency Management David Littleproud said Assistance is being provided through the Australian Government’s Disaster Recovery Allowance (DRA).

“The Richmond Valley bushfires have hit the community hard, destroying homes and businesses,” Minister Littleproud said.

“We’re extending the allowance to help those who have lost their business or work in the valley.

“Anyone who has lost income because of the fires should to contact Department of Human Services to see if they are eligible.”

“This income assistance is set at the maximum rate of the Newstart Allowance.

“This is on top of payments made under the Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements.”

Claims for Disaster Recovery Allowance can be from Monday 14 October 2019.

Applicants can call DHS on 180 22 66, visit or visit a DHS Service Centre.

Equivalent financial assistance is also available to eligible New Zealand citizens.

The DRA is available in nine areas affected by the northern NSW bushfires: Armidale, Bellingen, Clarence Valley, Glen Innes Severn, Inverell, Richmond Valley, Tenterfield, Uralla and Walcha.

More information on Commonwealth Government disaster assistance is available at

Source: Australian Government