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Special Disaster Grants – Severe Weather & Flooding from June 2022 onwards

To find out if you are eligible view the LGAs affected and the Guidelines below:

Eligible DisasterDeclaration DateDisaster recovery grants available in Local Government AreasClosing Date for applicationsClosing Date for claims
NSW Storms and Floods from 27 June 2022 onwards28 November 2022Bourke30 June 202330 September 2023
NSW Storms and Floods from 27 June 2022 onwards17 October 202Cowra30 June 202330 September 2023
NSW Storms and Floods from 27 June 2022 onwards3 September 2022Bogan, Brewarrina, Dubbo, Parkes, Parramatta30 June 202330 September 2023
NSW Storms and Floods from 27 June 2022 onwards16 August 2022Cabonne, Walgett30 June 202330 September 2023
NSW Storms and Floods from 27 June 2022 onwards27 July 2022Kempsey, Port Macquarie-Hastings30 June 202330 September 2023
NSW Storms and Floods from 27 June 2022 onwards21 July 2022 Narromine, Oberon, Strathfield30 June 202330 September 2023
NSW Storms and Floods from 27 June 2022 onwards12 July 2022Bayside, Blacktown, Blue Mountains, Camden, Campbelltown, Canterbury Bankstown, Central Coast, Cessnock, Cumberland, Dungog, Fairfield, Georges River, Hawkesbury, Hornsby, Kiama, Lake Macquarie, Lithgow, Liverpool, Maitland, Mid-Coast, Muswellbrook, Nambucca, Newcastle, Northern Beaches, Penrith, Port Stephens, Randwick, Shellharbour, Shoalhaven, Singleton, Sutherland, The Hills, Upper Lachlan, Warren, Wingecarribee, Wollondilly, Wollongong.30 June 202330 September 2023

We recommend you use the Google Chrome browser when applying.

  • Check that your LGA is eligible for this grant.
  • Download and read the Program Guidelines including the terms and conditions - please note that the guidelines detail eligibility criteria and what you can and cannot apply for.
  • Prepare your supporting documentation.
  • Lodge your application online.
  • The RAA will process your application and advise you of the outcome.
  • If approved, you can submit additional invoices to claim further payments up to the maximum grant amount.

Eligible primary producers impacted by flood events that occurred from 27 June 2022 onwards (AGRN 1025) may apply for a Special Disaster Grant to support recovery and reinstatement of the primary production enterprise.

You should read the program guidelines before lodging an application.

Download the program guidelines here:
Program Guidelines - Special Disaster Grant for Severe Weather & Flooding 27 June 2022 onwards (PDF, 567.53 KB).

Applicants must complete an online application form and upload:

  • local council rates notice OR Class A Aquaculture Permit OR NSW Commercial Fishing Licence/NSW Fishing Business Card;
  • Lease agreement if you are the lessee of the impacted property you are applying for;
  • latest farm business tax returns and financial statements plus Personal Tax Return of all members of the business;
  • you may include other evidence such as quotes, estimates or photos

If you have previously submitted tax returns to the NSW RAA for the financial year 2020/2021 or more recently, you will not need to provide further information. If we do not have your previous financial information, we will seek your permission to contact your accountant directly if this is easiest for you.

The online application form has been designed to make the process as simple as possible. You will be required to upload digital copies of supporting documentation (please refer to the 'What you will need section') so please have these ready before commencing your application.

If you are unsure at any stage of the process as to how to complete the online application form, please use the Special Disaster Grant example application document for information and helpful tips on how to proceed.

Download the Special Disaster Grant Example Online Application Form here (PDF, 1095.92 KB).

It is recommended that you await the outcome of your application before submitting invoices. Once your application has been assessed an assessment officer will advise you of the process with your upfront payment and how to verify this later when you need to claim more funds.

You will need:

  • BP reference number
  • ABN number
  • Case number from original application
  • Tax Invoices
  • Proof of payment

The RAA understands that you may have been impacted by a number of declared disaster events over the past 18 months and that allocating a claim (i.e. an invoice) to any one of these events may be difficult, or in some instances may not be possible. We ask that you use your best endeavours to ensure proper record keeping and can work with you to ensure the process of lodging your claim is as easy as possible.

If you are unsure at any stage of the process as to how to complete the online claim form, please use this Example Claims Request Form (PDF, 1324.16 KB).

Need Help?

To read the FAQs for this program please click here.

If you have difficulty understanding the guidelines or completing the application form you should seek the assistance of your rural/financial counsellor, business advisor, accountant or a trusted family member/friend.

Rural Financial Counselling Service
Free confidential assistance is available from your local Rural Financial Counselling Service - you can find your local service here:
Rural Financial Counselling Service.

Rural Recovery Support Service
The Rural Recovery Support Service is managed by the NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI), to provide assistance to rural landholders and primary producers who have been impacted by the recent floods. DPI Recovery Workers are a single point of contact, providing information and referrals to support you on your recovery journey.

If you need assistance with interpreting or translating, please contact Multicultural NSW on 1300 651 500 or email languageservices@multicultural.nsw.gov.au.