The Primary Residence Repair Grant of up to $10,000 per household is for home owners whose primary place of residence was structurally damaged by the fires, to make sure their home is safe to live in or return to.
From 12 March 2020, eligibility has been extended to include destruction or damage to critical private water, septic and/or power infrastructure attached to your primary place of residence and located on your property.
From 22 June 2020, the total amount available through this grant was increased from $5,000 to $10,000 for people continuing to experience financial hardship. We are contacting previous recipients to let them know they can apply for a $5,000 top-up payment.
Am I eligible for the primary residence repair grant?
You are eligible for a Primary Residence Repair Grant if you own a home that is your primary place of residence which has been structurally damaged by fire impacting on safe habitation, as a direct result of any bushfire from July 2019.
‘Structurally damaged’ means your residence must be directly impacted by fire damage (not smoke damage) since July 2019, impacting on safe habitation and requiring structural repairs (e.g. walls, ceiling, flooring, windows, roof repair).
From 12 March 2020, this includes repair or replacement of critical private infrastructure attached to your primary place of residence and located on your property.
For example, this includes repair or replacement of water or septic tanks, repair or replacement of generators, repairs to electrical wiring or fuse boxes which are attached to your primary place of residence and located on your property. You are eligible for this grant if this infrastructure requires essential repair as a result of bushfires since July 2019 to make your primary place of residence safe to live in or return to.
I already received the emergency grant because my home was destroyed. Can I also get the repair grant?
No. If you have already received the emergency grant for a property that has been destroyed or made permanently uninhabitable, you are ineligible for the repair grant.