10 October 2022
In late February and March 2022, Southeast Queensland and Northern New South Wales were hit by torrential rain and devastating flooding. Tens of thousands of people were evacuated, homes and belongings were damaged or destroyed, and communities now face years of recovery.
Red Cross has been supporting impacted communities since the start of the disaster, including with financial assistance.
Applications for the $500 Flood Relief Grant opened on 18 March 2022 and closed on 21 April 2022. 66,884 households have been paid the $500 relief grant. Once all eligible grants were paid, approx. $7.8 million remained.
The remaining funds were allocated to a Discretionary Financial Hardship Flood Grant (DFHFG) for households facing continued financial hardship from the floods. These were facilitated through our recovery teams on the ground and other support agencies already working with impacted communities. Applications for the DFHFG closed on 27 September 2022.
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The remaining funds will be distributed as a Flood Relief Additional Support Grant of $80 to all recipients of the $500 Flood Relief Grant, excluding those that were subsequently found to have suspected false or misleading information.
There is no application process for the Flood Relief Additional Support Grant. Relief Grant recipients will automatically receive the additional payment into the nominated bank account provided in their previous grant application. The additional payment is being paid to everyone on the basis that financial hardship is still being experienced.
Relief Grant recipients can expect to receive the additional payment between October and December 2022. There is no need to contact Red Cross to access the additional payment. Recipients will be notified directly when their payment is being made.