Who is the primary residence repair grant for?
The Primary Residence Repair Grant of $5,000 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.
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.
This grant does not cover removal or making safe of dangerous trees, or the repair of fencing on your property.
This grant is currently available across Australia.
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.