Government Disaster Assistance

Australian and State Government disaster assistance is available for people and businesses heavily impacted by recent storms and flooding in 56 NSW local government areas, including North Sydney.

Assistance is being provided through the jointly funded Commonwealth-State Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA).  

 Assistance available under the DRFA may include:

  • help for eligible people whose homes or belongings have been damaged
  • concessional interest rate loans for small businesses, primary producers and non-profit organisations
  • freight subsidies for primary producers
  • grants to eligible non-profit organisations

If you are uninsured and have low income, find out more about personal hardship and distress assistance by calling the Disaster Welfare Assistance Line on 1800 018 444.

To apply for a concessional loan or grant, contact the NSW Rural Assistance Authority on 1800 678 593 or visit


Other eligible local government areas include Ballina, Bayside, Bega Valley, Blacktown, Blue Mountains, Burwood, Byron, Camden, Campbelltown, Canada Bay, Canterbury Bankstown, Central Coast, Cessnock, Clarence Valley, Coffs Harbour, Cumberland, Eurobodalla, Fairfield, Georges River, Hawkesbury, Hornsby, Hunters Hill, Inner West, Ku-ring-gai, Lake Macquarie, Lane Cove, Lismore, Liverpool, Maitland, Mid Coast, Mosman, Narrabri, Newcastle, North Sydney, Northern Beaches, Parramatta, Penrith, Port Macquarie-Hastings, Port Stephens, Queanbeyan-Palerang, Randwick, Ryde, Shellharbour, Shoalhaven, Strathfield, Sutherland, Sydney City, Tamworth, The Hills, Tweed, Waverley, Willoughby, Wingecarribee, Wollondilly, Wollongong, Woollahra.


Further information on disaster assistance is available on the Australian Government’s disaster assist website and the NSW emergency information and response website

Posted on 25 February 2020

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