Uninsured home owners affected by the floods may be eligible for a joint state/federal government grant to refund the cost of safely reconnecting electricity, gas, water, sewage services and septic systems damaged by flooding.
The Essential Services Safety and Reconnection Grant provides up to $200 per service for safety inspections by accredited inspectors, and if deemed necessary, up to $4200 to meet the cost of reinstating services to Australian Standards by qualified tradespeople, after home inundation.
Safety inspection payments will be refunded to the homeowner and reinstatement cost be paid directly by the department to the repairer.
The grant is income tested, with the upper income limits being $704 gross per week for a single adult, increasing by $51 per week per dependant or $930 per week for a
couple, increasing by $51 per dependant. A reduced grant may be available if your income does not exceed these amounts by more than $40 per week.
You must also have assets of less than $6135 for a household or $25,101 if you are a pensioner, excluding the value of your home, furniture and a motor vehicle.
Grants are available to residents in disaster areas declared after 29 November 2010.
These include: Balonne, Banana, Barcaldine, Brisbane, Bundaberg, Central Highlands, Cherbourg, Fraser Coast, Goondiwindi, Gympie, Ipswich, Lockyer, Mackay, Maranoa, Moreton Bay, Murweh, North Burnett, Rockhampton, Scenic Rim, Somerset, South Burnett, Southern Downs, Sunshine Coast, Toowoomba and Western Downs council areas.
People who have already been assessed and granted an Essential Household Grant or Structural Assistance grant since 29 November 2010 are automatically eligible.
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.
You can apply for an Essential Services Safety and Reconnection Grant at your nearest Community Recovery Centre or by calling 1800 173 349
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