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The Territory and Australian Governments offer support to communities affected by Cyclone Lam

Posted: 1 March 2015

Northern Territory Government staff, with the support of Centrelink staff, have been visiting communities affected by Cyclone Lam taking applications for Personal Hardship and Distress payments for residents.

This support includes immediate relief payments and also replacement of some essential household items where appropriate.

These payments are funded 50:50 by both governments under the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA).

Payment teams will return to the four communities next week from Tuesday and will remain in place until all residents have had the opportunity to submit their application. Payments are being processed and approved as quickly as possible and working cooperatively with the Centrelink staff is facilitating this task.

The Australian Government yesterday announced additional support to communities affected by Cyclone Lam through their Disaster Recovery Payment (DRP).

This is a separate payment to the NT Government’s Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA) payments.

The DRP is a one-off, non-means tested payment of $1000 for eligible adults and $400 for eligible children who have been adversely affected by a major disaster. A key element of the criteria relates to the level of damaged to the resident’s principle place of residence.

For further information regarding the DRP and eligibility requirements, please visit the Commonwealth Department of Human Services website and head to ‘help in an emergency’ or call 180 22 66.

The Territory Government has also established an Arnhem Recovery Hotline. The hotline is staffed between 8am and 6pm, call 1800 457 033 to speak to a hotline staff member.