QCOSS and ACOSS are calling for the Federal Government to immediately increase the Disaster Recovery Payment to help people survive the massive hardships caused by flooding.
The current Disaster Recovery Payment is only $1,000 per adult and $400 per child. It should be increased to $3,000 per adult and $1,000 per child.
The floods across Queensland are leaving people without homes, food and water, transport and jobs to go to.
People will return to homes that have been ruined, cars that do not work and destroyed fridges and pantries.
QCOSS CEO Aimee McVeigh said:
“Queenslanders have experienced devastating flooding in the past 48 hours. Our thoughts are with those in South East Queensland who are continuing to see high water levels in and around their homes.
“People in lower lying areas are now facing the prospect of another brutal cleanup after another once-in-a-century flood. People in areas that have never experienced inundation are now reckoning with the fact that their homes are uninhabitable.
“$1,000 per adult will not cut it, especially in the face of a record-breaking housing crisis.
“Our community organisations also need access to additional emergency relief funds now. They are on the ground sourcing emergency accommodation, providing food and supply packages and crucial mental health supports.”
ACOSS CEO Dr Cassandra Goldie said:
“The payment goes nowhere near meeting the cost of helping people survive and recover from the devastating loss of property and feeding themselves and their families.
“It’s always the people on the lowest incomes that get hurt the most during these emergencies.
“We’ve been warning the government since the bushfires that there is a need to increase disaster recovery payments as extreme weather events become more common.
“There’s no way we can crowdfund our way out of these disasters, the Government needs to step up and take responsibility for the effects of climate change on our communities.”