Bushfire Recovery Support
ATO Lodgments Deferred
Devastating bushfires have been burning across large parts of Australia since late 2019.
If you’ve been impacted by these bushfires, The ATO understand that your priority is on your family and community at this time.
If you live in one of the identified impacted postcodes, the ATO will automatically defer any lodgments or payments you have due. You, or your agent (Cheesman Applegarth), don’t need to apply for a deferral – it will be automatically applied. Income tax, activity statement, SMSF and FBT lodgments, and their associated payments, will be deferred until 28 May 2020.
If you’ve been affected by this disaster but your postcode is not in the current postcodes list, don’t worry. You can phone the Emergency Support Infoline on 1800 806 218 for help.
Government Financial Assistance
Disaster Recovery Allowance
The Disaster Recovery Allowance (DRA) provides income support payments to employees, primary producers and sole traders who can demonstrate they have experienced a loss of income as a direct result of the bushfires.
DRA provides fortnightly payments for up to 13 weeks up to the applicable rate of Newstart or Youth Allowance, depending on the person’s circumstances.
DRA is available to Australian residents who are sixteen years and older.
DRA is not available to those already receiving another income support payment or pension such as the Age Pension, Newstart Allowance or Service Pension.
You have until 21 May 2020 to lodge a claim for DRA in the local government areas of Bundaberg, Gold Coast, Livingstone, Lockyer Valley, Noosa, Scenic Rim, Somerset, Southern Downs and Toowoomba.
For more information on eligibility, visit the Department of Human Services website or contact the Australian Government Information Hotline on 180 22 66 for claims for assistance.
Australian Government Disaster Recovery Payment
The Australian Government Disaster Recovery Payment (AGDRP) provides one-off financial assistance to eligible Australians adversely affected by the bushfires.
The rate of AGDRP is $1000 per eligible adult and $400 per eligible child. Claims for this payment can be lodged with the Department of Human Services for a period up to six months.
AGDRP is available for people who have been seriously injured, have lost their homes or whose homes have been directly damaged, or are the immediate family members of a person who has died, as a direct result of the bushfires.
You have until 21 May 2020 to lodge a claim for AGDRP in the local government areas of Livingstone, Noosa, Somerset and Toowoomba.
For more information on eligibility, visit the Department of Human Services website or contact the Australian Government Information Hotline on 180 22 66 for claims assistance.