NSW Government Support

Northern NSW Extreme Storm and Flood Event (February 22nd - Current)


  • Complete the Disaster Assistance Finder to find out what support is available to you.
  • For information on personal hardship and distress assistance, contact Service NSW on 13 77 88.
  • Australian Government Disaster Recovery Payment (AGDRP) of $1,000 per eligible adult and $400 per eligible child is now available for people impacted by the February/March 2022 Flood event. Call the Services Australia Disaster Assistance phone lines on 180 22 66. 
    The AGDRP is a one-off, non-means tested payment and is available to eligible people in those affected local government areas who have suffered a significant loss, including a severely damaged or destroyed home or serious injury. Bellingen Shire Council is included as an eligible LGA for residents to receive the payment, pending eligibility of those residents

  • Further information on disaster assistance is available on the Australian Government’s Disaster Assist website at disasterassist.gov.au and Service NSW at disasterassistance.service.nsw.gov.au


  • The Australian Government has not lifted mutual obligation requirements for job seekers on the Mid-North Coast Employment Region. This may change, so follow the advice from the Job Search website: https://jobsearch.gov.au/mor 



Primary Producers Information

The Department of Primary Industries (DPI) and the NSW Rural Assistance Authority (RAA) are working with the National Recovery and Resilience Agency (NRRA) and Resilience NSW to ensure that disaster recovery assistance is made available to those impacted by the ongoing storm and flood event unfolding in large areas of northern NSW.

NSW residents who have been impacted by severe storms and floods are encouraged to report damage via the Primary Industries Natural Disaster Damage Survey.

Detail of Natural Disaster Declarations and assistance measures currently available to those in NSW Local Government Areas is available on the RAA Declared Natural Disasters page. Bellingen Shire Council has had a Natural Disaster Declaration, and are eligible for Category B assistance under the DRFA.

Category B status involves provisions for eligible applicants:

Primary producers:
Concessional loans up to $130,000
Transport subsidies up to $15,000
Small business:
Concessional loans up to $130,000
Not-for-profit organisations:
Concessional loans up to $25,000
Sporting clubs:
Concessional loans up to $10,000

Disaster Relief Loans

Natural disaster assistance low interest rate loans are available to eligible:

Transport Assistance


Information for Bellingen Shire Primary Producers

Reporting damages

The Department of Primary Industries (DPI) Natural Disaster Damage Survey is a simple online survey that can be used to record damage to primary production and animals from natural disasters such as floods, fires and storms.

The damage survey allows you to:

  • complete a simple survey of the number of crops, animals, infrastructure and other primary industries damaged in a single event
  • add photos to the assessment
  • see the severity of damage in your area.

The DPI can view survey information in real time and results are used to determine:

  • the area the natural disaster has impacted and the scale of the event
  • the severity of the impact
  • the value of impact to primary production
  • where and what assistance or resources may be needed.

This source of “ground truth” information helps the Government and communities understand the scale and regional distribution of the impact of a disaster on agriculture and target resources and assistance in an area.

To report damage, visit the Primary Industries Natural Disaster Damage Survey.

About the Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements

The joint Australian, state and territory government Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA) provide a range of financial assistance to the natural disaster-declared areas in each state or territory.

  • Available assistance measures include:
  • Personal hardship and distress assistance
  • Counter disaster operations
  • Restoration of essential public assets
  • Concessional interest rate loans for small businesses, primary producers and non-profit organisations
  • Freight subsidies
  • Grants to non-profit organisations.

Support for Businesses impacted by the Northern NSW Extreme Storm and Flood Event (February 22nd - Current)

People and businesses can register their interest for these grant programs through Service NSW, with funding soon available through NSW Government agencies at: https://www.service.nsw.gov.au/campaign/storm-and-flood-assistance-businesses

The phase one package includes:

• Demand driven - $75,000 grants to assist primary producers that have suffered direct damage from the recent severe weather and flooding. NSW Government estimate this to initially be $111.5 million.

• Demand driven - $50,000 grants to assist small business and not-for-profit organisations that have suffered direct damage from the event. NSW Government estimate this to initially be $89.7 million.

• $210 million to assist affected communities with the clean-up and removal of flood and storm related damage, debris and green waste. This will enable LGAs to work with Resilience NSW and NSW Government agencies to coordinate clean-up activities in their communities.

• $1 million grants to impacted councils to assist with their immediate social, built, economic and environmental needs. This list may continue to grow.

• $6.5 million to provide Community Recovery Officers to support communities impacted by this event.

The 17 LGAs are Armidale, Ballina, Bellingen, Byron, Clarence Valley, Coffs Harbour, Glen Innes Severn, Hornsby, Kempsey, Kyogle, Lismore, Nambucca, Port Macquarie/Hastings, Richmond, Tenterfield, The Hills and Tweed.

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