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PREMIER VISITS: Premier of Victoria Daniel Andrews (right) visits Creighton’s Creek, one of the worst fire-affected areas hit last week. He is pictured with Creighton’s Creek Rural Fire Brigade captain John Chiswell. PHOTO: Courtesy of Premier’s office

EMERGENCY financial assistance will be available to those significantly affected by last week’s fires, so communities can return to normal life as quickly as possible.

Commonwealth Minister for Justice, Michael Keenan, and Victorian Minister for Emergency Services, Jane Garrett, announced on Monday afternoon that assistance will be made available under the jointly-funded Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements.

Under the Personal Hardship Assistance Program the following assistance will be available to eligible households:

  • Emergency relief assistance, which provides payments of up to $520 per adult and $260 per child (up to a maximum of $1300 per household) to cover emergency shelter, food, clothing, or personal items; and
  • Emergency re-establishment assistance, which provides up to $31,950 per household for clean-up, emergency accommodation, repairs, rebuilding (a principal place of residence) and replacing some damaged contents.

This assistance is available to eligible Victorians in extreme hardship.

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