Bushfire assistance available this weekend in WA

Friday, 17 January 2014

Residents affected by the devastating Perth Hills bushfires can still access Australian Government recovery assistance this weekend.

Minister for Human Services Senator the Hon Marise Payne said staff from the Department of Human Services will remain at the Swan View recovery centre on both Saturday and Sunday to support the community.

“These staff – including a social worker – will be available to provide support and assist those affected to claim the Australian Government Disaster Recovery Payment of $1000 for eligible adults and $400 for eligible children,” Minister Payne said.

The payment is available for eligible people in the local government area of Mundaring.

“You don’t need to be receiving a Centrelink payment to access this support – it’s for anyone in this local government area who meets the eligibility criteria,” Minister Payne said.

Minister Payne said for those unable to get to the recovery centre this weekend, there are other ways to claim.

“Bushfire-affected residents can call the Australian Government Emergency Information Line on 180 22 66 from 8am to 8pm across the weekend; they can lodge a claim online at the Human Services website if they are already registered for online services; or forms can be downloaded from the website and handed to a staff member at any Service Centre,” Minister Payne said.

More information about the Australian Government Disaster Recovery Payment, including factsheets, eligibility criteria and claiming options, is available at humanservices.gov.au/disaster

Recovery Centre Details:      Brown Park Recreation Centre, Cnr Amherst and Salisbury Rds, Swan View, open 9am to 3pm, Saturday and Sunday