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Special Offer for Flood & Cyclone Victims on CSR Gyprock & Cemintel Fibre Cement

We at Seropeco Australia Independent Building Supplies Pty Ltd feel we need to do something to help those that have suffered from these disasters and have decided to supply CSR Gyprock Plasterboard & Cemintel Fibre Cement Sheets to people in the disaster areas that did not have insurance or have had their claims denied by their insurance company at our invoice cost. To help those that are having trouble finding what relief is available we have compiled a brief summary of what Non Assets & Income Test assistance is available. You can also find information from the Queensland Government's Website.

Non Assets & Income Test assistance available seems to be

Per Adult (18 Years of age and over)  
Premier's Disaster Relief Appeal $2000
Australian Government Disaster Recovery Payment $1000
Emergent Assistance Grant $170 (Max $850 per Family)
Total Per Adult $3170
   
Per Dependent Child (under 18 years of age)  
Premier's Disaster Relief Appeal $1000
Australian Government Disaster Recovery Payment $400
Emergent Assistance Grant $170 (Max $850 per Family)
Total per Child $1570
   
Family of 2 Adults + 3 Children $11050
   

(See below for what other assistance is available)

Financial assistance quick guide

Financial assistance quick guide (PDF 114 KB) (RTF 39 KB)

Financial assistance fact sheet

Financial assistance fact sheet (PDF 791 KB) (RTF 34 KB)


The Premier's Disaster Relief Appeal has been extended to cover residents in Cyclone Yasi declared areas but applications for funding are not yet open. A first round of funding will be made available as soon as possible.

For more information visit Premier's Disaster Relief Appeal or phone 180 22 66.

Emergent Assistance Grant (not income and assets tested)

Assistance for immediate, unexpected needs such as temporary accommodation, food, essential clothing and medication. If you are eligible, you will receive:

Number of people Amount payable
Individual $170
Couple $340
Family of 3 people $510
Family of 4 people $680
Family of 5 people or more $850

For more information call 1800 173 349 or to apply visit your nearest Community Recovery Centre.

Australian Government Disaster Recovery Payment (not income and assets tested)

Assists eligible people adversely affected by the Queensland floods and Cyclone Yasi.

If you are eligible, you will receive:

  • $1,000 per adult
  • $ 400 per eligible child

For more information call 180 22 66 or visit the Centrelink website.

Essential Household Contents Grant (income and assets tested)

Assistance to replace household contents that have been lost or damaged. If you are eligible, you may receive:

Number of people Amount payable
Individual up to $1,705
Couple/family up to $5,120

If you are eligible, departmental officers will visit your home, to assess the damage and to complete an application form with you.

For more information call 1800 173 349 or download the Essential Household Contents Grant (PDF 279 KB) (RTF 18 KB) fact sheet. To apply visit your nearest Community Recovery Centre.

Structural Assistance Grant (income and assets tested)

A contribution towards repair of the residence to make it secure and safe to live in. The home must be owned by the applicant and their sole place of residence at the time of the disaster. If you are eligible, you may receive:

Number of people  Amount payable
Individual up to $10,500*
Couple/family up to $14,200*

*Any amounts you receive under Emergent Assistance and Essential Household Contents Grants will affect the amount you can get for the Structural Assistance Grant.

If you are eligible, departmental officers will visit your home to assess the damage and to complete an application form with you.

For more information call 1800 173 349 or download the Structural Assistance Grant (PDF 380 KB) (RTF 21 KB) fact sheet. To apply visit your nearest Community Recovery Centre.

Essential Services Safety and Reconnection Grant (income and assets tested)

Provides home owners who are unable to claim insurance or are uninsured with a refund for the cost of safely reconnecting electricity, gas, water, sewage services and septic systems damaged by the disaster. If you are eligible, you may receive:

Purpose Amount payable
Safety inspections by accredited inspectors for pre inspection of electricity, gas, water, sewage services and septic systems damaged by the disaster. Up to $200 (per service)
Reinstating services to Australian Standards by qualified tradespeople, after the disaster. Up to $4,200

Safety inspection payments will be refunded to the home owner. Reinstatement costs will be paid directly to the repairer by the Department of Communities.

If you have already claimed or been assessed for an Essential Household Contents Grant or Structural Assistance Grant simply send receipts or invoices for inspections, repairs and materials to Grants Processing, Community Recovery, GPO Box 806 Brisbane 4001.

For more information call 1800 173 349 or download the Essential Services Safety and Reconnection Grant (PDF 702 KB) (RTF 34 KB) fact sheet. To apply visit your nearest Community Recovery Centre.

Income and assets test

Income and assets tests apply to:

  • Essential Household Contents Grant (Cyclone Yasi and Queensland floods)
  • Structural Assistance Grant (Cyclone Yasi and Queensland floods)
  • Essential Services Safety and Reconnection Grant (Queensland floods).

To be eligible for these grants, you must live in a Queensland floods declared area or Cyclone Yasi declared area, be uninsured (or unable to claim on insurance) and meet the test criteria below.

Assets test (what you own)

Your house (primary residence), your household contents and one motor vehicle are not included in these asset amounts.

  Your assets must be less than
Pensioners $25,101
Others $6,135

Income test (how much you earn)

Number of people Your income must be less than
Individual $704* per week ($36,600 per year before tax) + $51 per dependent
Couple $930* per week ($48,360 per year before tax) + $51 per dependent
+ 1 dependent $755 individual or $981 couple
+ 2 dependents $806 individual or $1,032 couple
+ 3 dependents $857 individual or $1,083 couple
+ 4 dependents $908 individual or $1,134 couple
+ 5 dependents $959 individual or $1,185 couple
+ 6 dependents $1,010 individual or $1,236 couple
+ 7 dependents $1,061 individual or $1,287 couple
+ 8 dependents $1,112 individual or $1,338 couple

*Reduced grants may be available if you earn up to $40 per week more than these amounts.

Applications will be assessed on a case by case basis. You'll need to discuss your eligibility for these grants with officers from the department.

For more information call 1800 173 349 or visit your nearest Community Recovery Centre.

Mortgage relief

If you're experiencing difficulties with your home loan repayments as a result of recent Queensland natural disasters, you may be eligible for short-term assistance through a Mortgage Relief Loan.

For more information call 07 3224 7202 or download Mortgage Relief Loan (PDF 686 KB) (RTF 17 KB) fact sheets.

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