Financial support - bushfires

If you’ve been adversely affected by the bushfires you may be eligible for financial assistance. 

Rates relief and building/planning fees to be waived

City of Swan Council have voted to apply rates concessions to bushfire-affected residents and waive building and planning application fees for three years, representing an estimated $476,000 saving for ratepayers and those rebuilding in the fire affected area.

For ratepayers, the decisions made at the April 14 Council Meeting means:

  • For properties that are damaged but the house is habitable, the City will apply a one-off pro-rata credit for the 2020/21 Council rates for the period from 1 February to 30 June 2021.
  • For properties that are destroyed and the houses are not habitable, the City will apply a one-off credit for the full 2020/21 Council rates.
  • Total credits are estimated at $191,000, and does not apply to the Emergency Services Levy, as this charge is not under the City's control.
  • The total amount is subject to change dependant on number of applications.

The City will also waive fees for planning applications, building permits and certificates, onsite effluent disposal and for temporary accommodation under the Caravan Park and Camping Act for a period of three years, representing approximately $285,000 in concessions.

Anyone who was affected by the bushfire, and who has already paid a planning or building fee, will be refunded accordingly. 

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State Government Emergency Relief Funding

On February 4, the State Government announced they'll be providing emergency funding of $4,000 to those whose homes have been destroyed and $2,000 to those whose homes have been damaged. This bushfire relief payment can be applied for through the City of Swan.

The City of Swan is working with funding bodies to help get financial support payments processed as soon as possible. Our role is collecting and assessing applications against the criteria. This includes visiting each property to do a site impact assessment. The City processes these payments and in most cases the money is paid within a week of the application being received (if all information is provided in the original application). 

How to apply for the bushfire relief payment

Lord Mayor's Distress Relief Fund

Thank you to everyone who's submitted an application for bushfire relief funding.

In good news, this week the Board of the Lord Mayor's Distress Relief Fund (LMDRF) approved an additional payment of $25,000 for all owner occupiers whose homes were destroyed in the recent Wooroloo and Hills Bushfire, bringing the total eligible amount up to $50,000. The payment will be deposited into approved applicant’s bank accounts this week - if you haven't already submitted your application, visit www.swan.wa.gov.au/lordmayorfund

Occupiers of properties (those renting) where the house and its contents have been destroyed, are eligible to receive $25,000. 

The LMDRF Board also approved an additional category for payment, which means people choosing to rebuild can also access up to $2,000 to assist with additional costs associated with Bushfire Attack Level approvals. 

The City of Swan is working with funding bodies to help get financial support payments processed as soon as possible. Our role is collecting and assessing applications against the criteria. This includes visiting each property to do a site impact assessment.

The process for financial support payments for the Lord Mayor's Distress Relief Fund (LMDRF) is that the City sends our assessment to the Board of the LMDRF who determine if the application is approved, or if more information is needed. Once the Board has all the information they need and the application is approved, the money is paid as soon as possible.

We acknowledge the process has taken time for some applications to be fully processed and we thank you for your patience. It's our priority to provide support to you as soon as possible, while ensuring the funds are managed responsibly to protect our community.

How to apply for the Lord Mayor's Distress Relief Fund 

Australian Government Disaster Recovery Payment.

If you’ve lost income as a direct result of the bushfires you may be eligible for the Disaster Recovery Allowance.

  • To claim: call 180 22 66
  • For more information go to servicesaustralia.gov.au/disaster 
  • You can claim for the following Local Government Areas: City of Swan and Shire of Mundaring.

NAB

If you are a NAB customer and have been affected by the recent bushfires NAB is ready to support you. Please call the special number, 1300 308 132 to discuss the options that may be available to you. 

HBF

HBF is offering an exemption for HBF Premium fees. To discuss available options call 133 423. 

CWA Rapid Response Funding

The Country Women’s Association’s Community Fund is offering quick grants of up to $500 for individuals/families who have had losses as a result of the bushfires.

If you live in the affected areas and as a result of the fire, are experiencing financial stress, please complete the form available on their website.

Midlas

Midlas have free financial counsellors available to assist people impacted by the bushfires: 

  • Assistance and information on Insurance matters
  • Assistance with hardship grants and payments
  • Accessing crisis accommodation

Call Midlas on (08) 9250 2123, for an urgent appointment.

Rural West

Financial counselling for individuals and families experiencing financial distress as a result of the Wooroloo bushfire now available through Rural West

This service is an extension of what is already available to regional small businesses and primary production enterprises. The experienced Rural West team will work with clients to manage both immediate and underlying issues for a positive and sustainable future.

For more information visit www.ruralwest.com.au - call the team on 1800 612 004 or email admin@ruralwest.com.au

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