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

Applications for the State Government Emergency Relief Fund will close on Friday July 23, 2021.

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 until Friday July 23, 2021.

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). 

Lord Mayor's Distress Relief Fund

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

As at June 3, The Lord Mayor’s Distress Relief Fund are distributing further payments of up to $55,000 to owners, owner/occupiers and occupiers who experienced structural damage and loss of contents. This means nearly 80 per cent of donations to the fund will now be distributed.

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

Lord Mayor's Distress Relief Fund - Grant Categories

Total Grant
$

Owner/Occupiers

 

Level One A - The place of residence and contents have been totally destroyed

Up to $130,000

Level One B - The place of residence (converted shed/caravan/transportable) and contents have been totallydestroyed

Up to $80,000

Level Two - The place of residence has sustained structural damage and contents have beendamaged

Up to $65,000

Level Three A - Other property damage / loss with loss >$100,000

$30,000

Level Three B - Other property damage / loss with loss <$100,000

Up to $20,000

Owners

 

Level One A - The place of residence and contents have been totallydestroyed

Up to $105,000

Level One B - The place of residence (converted shed/caravan/transportable) and contents have been totallydestroyed

Up to $80,000

Level Two - The place of residence has sustained structural damage and contents have beendamaged

Up to $65,000

Level Three A - Other property damage / loss with loss >$100,000

$30,000

Level Three B - Other property damage / loss with loss <$100,000

Up to $20,000

Occupiers (those renting)

 

Level Four - The house contents have beentotally destroyedas a consequence ofthe house beingtotally destroyed.

Up to $50,000

Level Five A - Partial damage/loss of house contents loss >$100,000

$20,000

Level Five B - Partial damage/loss of house contents with loss <$100,000

Up to $10,000

 

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

Insurance & utilities

You may want to contact your insurance and utility companies to find out what financial support they have in place to help individuals and families affected by the bushfires. Some companies have agreed to waive various fees. Below are some useful links:

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