Disaster Recovery Allowance (DRA)

The Disaster Recovery Allowance provides people whose income has been reduced because of a declared major disaster with a short-term allowance for up to 13 weeks.

Application detail:

Check the Services Australia website for application deadlines.

What do you get?

Payments vary.

Who is this for?

Individuals affected by a declared major disaster.


Disaster Recovery Allowance (DRA) is short-term payment that is available to assist individuals whose income has been directly impacted by a declared major or widespread disaster.

A declared major or widespread disaster can be a natural or man-made disaster that occurs either in Australia or offshore.

An allowance paid for a maximum of 13 weeks is available to eligible individuals, including employees, sole traders and primary producers.

What are the eligibility criteria?

To be eligible, you must:

  • be at least 16 years of age
  • be an Australian citizen or be the holder of an eligible visa and living in Australia for the period of time you receive the allowance
  • live in, or earn or receive an income in an area that has been adversely affected by a declared major disaster
  • have experienced a loss of income as a direct result of the disaster
  • not be receiving any other government income support payment or pension

How do you apply?

Find out more about eligibility and how to apply at Disaster Recovery Allowance.

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