2022 June/July NSW Flood Disaster Response

The 2022 June/July NSW Flood Disaster Response resource platform includes response packages, support and information available from TCP partners and other organisations across Australia. Below each sector is also a link to relevant industry insights from TCP's Disaster Planning and Recovery Collaborative Research Project which focused on the 2019 North Queensland Monsoon.

Thriving Communities Partnership work with organisations across Australia and not directly with customers. If you personally require support from any of the services below, please contact them directly. If your organisation has developed a disaster response that you would like to include on this page please send details through to contact@thriving.org.au

2022 June/July NSW Flood Disaster Response

Emergency Response

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Local Disaster Management Group (LDMG) insights
Neighbourhood Centres insights

For immediate help or life-threatening situations: Call 000. For help with damage: Call the State Emergency Service on 132 500. For government assistance: Visit https://www.disasterassist.gov.au/ for available support. For mental health enquiries or people in crisis: Call Lifeline on 13 11 14. For insurance claims: Call the Insurance Council of Australia on 1800 734 621.

RED CROSS - In times of crisis, a fast response from trained teams makes all the difference. Red Cross emergency response staff and volunteers are on the ground in evacuation and relief centres, providing vital humanitarian support to people affected by the NSW floods. This includes providing psychosocial support and comfort to people feeling distressed, connecting people to support services, and registering people through our reunification service Register.Find.Reunite. so their loved ones know they’re safe. In the coming weeks and months, our teams will be there to support the long recovery process.  
If you need assistance, please visit: redcross.org.au or donate to the Red Cross Disaster Response and Recovery Fund 

FOODBANK - Foodbank are urgently packing emergency crisis hampers and working with charity partners to help flood affected areas in a safe manner by providing food, water and other essential supplies. If you are in a position to make a financial donation, you can do so here.  

Financial and Legal Assistance

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MID NORTH COAST LEGAL CENTRE - Mid North Coast Legal Centre is based in Coffs Harbour and Port Macquarie. They offer FREE help to people in the Coffs Harbour, Nambucca, Bellingen, Kempsey, Port Macquarie and MidCoast (Taree) LGAs with civil law issues. Visit their website - www.mnclegal.org.au
If you have been impacted by flood or disaster and need legal advice about any of the following issues, they may be able to help:

  • Insurance
  • Debts
  • Employment law
  • Car of Traffic matters
  • Domestic or Family Violence
  • Other civil law legal questions

ENERGY AND WATER OMBUDSMAN NSW (EWON) - EWON provides free, fair and independent dispute resolution services to customers experiencing issues with their energy or water. They are currently prioritising enquiries and complaints related to the NSW floods and have created a webpage listing all available government and community agency support for flood-affected customers and small businesses in NSW.

NATIONAL DEBT HELPLINE - A not-for-profit financial counselling service that helps people tackle their debt problems. It is a free, independent and confidential service. Call 1800 007 007 to speak to a financial counsellor. Read More

NSW STATE GOVERNMENT - NSW floods - information and support services Read More

SERVICE NSW - Service NSW provides access to a range of services for customers and businesses. This includes financial assistance such as relief packages, emergency services including information on evacuation and recovery centres, and other disaster assistance. Read More

THE NORTHERN RIVERS COMMUNITY LEGAL CENTRE - The Northern Rivers Community Legal Centre provides free and accessible legal services to communities in the NSW Northern Rivers region. They can assist with free legal advice and information on issues including: insurance claims, housing and leases, income, debt, domestic violence, parenting arrangements and destroyed documents such as wills. Their staff are collaborating with Legal Aid to provide free legal advice at Disaster Recovery Centres across the region. A link to the disaster recovery Centres is here
For more information or to contact them, visit https://northernriversclc.org.au/ or contact them on (02) 6621 1000

Financial Services

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Banking insights

ABA - The Australian Banking Association has provided a press release outlining possible assistances available to people affected by the floods in NSW. Read More

ANZ - A Natural disaster support package is available for customers impacted by the floods in Northern NSW to get back on top of things. Customers can contact their ANZ Relationship Manager, or call the ANZ dedicated hotline on 1800 149 549.  ANZ insurance customers can call 13 16 14. Read More

CBA - In response to the flooding in Australia’s east, CommBank have activated Emergency Assistance to assist impacted customers and businesses in New South Wales. Emergency Assistance offers support to customers affected. CBA understand that each customer will have different needs and encourage those affected to discuss their individual circumstances with them. You can message them in the CommBank app, call 1800 314 695 or visit a branch.

NAB - NAB is providing $1,000 grants and additional financial relief measures including credit card and loan relief, concessional loans, moratoriums on home repayments and more to customers and colleagues affected by floods in NSW. Business and agriculture customers who have suffered damage or losses because of the floods are also eligible. Read More
NAB customers who have suffered damage to their home and need assistance can call NAB Assist on 1300 308 132 or visit Disaster - NAB.

WESTPAC - Westpac has announced support for flood affected communities, including $3,000 small business grants. Read More

  • Westpac consumer customers can apply online or call Westpac Assist on 1800 067 497. Business customers who need support can contact their Relationship Manager or call Westpac Assist on 1800 067 497.
  • St.George consumer customers can apply online or call St.George Assist on 1800 629 795. Business customers who need support can contact their Relationship Manager or call St.George Assist on 1800 629 795.

Read more on Westpac's disaster relief packages including links to hardship assistance

Direct links to hardship support for all Westpac brands:
Westpac: https://www.westpac.com.au/help/disaster-relief
St George: https://www.stgeorge.com.au/about/sustainability-and-community/disaster-relief

ASIC - ASIC’s Moneysmart provides financial guidance and support to Australians affected by natural disasters. Information is available on crisis support, accessing financial hardship from a bank or lender, managing the insurance claims process, how to spot a scam, and support for small businesses, on the Moneysmart website and the What to do after a natural disaster factsheet.

Health

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Carers and support organisation insights
Mental health services insights

CARERS NSW - Carers NSW offers a range of information and advice about services, resources and support for carers in NSW that have been impacted by severe flooding. Read More

Insurance

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Insurance insights

IAG - Customers are encouraged to make contact as soon as possible if they need to lodge a claim, access emergency accommodation or request technical property assistance with a verified building specialist. Read More

SUNCORP - Providing assistance to insurance and banking customers. Read More

Telecommunications and Internet

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Utilities and Telecommunication insights

TELSTRA - Telstra has activated a range of flood disaster relief packages for people in NSW including free Telstra Air Wi-Fi access where possible, one-off credit to help cover the cost of getting a fixed phone service back up and running, and 25GB data addition for prepaid and postpaid customers. Read More
All Telstra payphones are also currently free for calls around Australia. Read more
Call 1800 888 888, enter your phone or mobile number, and talk to Telstra teams to find out how they can help.

Transport

TRANSURBAN - Customers impacted by NSW floods are encouraged to call the Linkt Assist team on 13 33 31. Support may be available for more time to pay for toll road travel, payment plans, advising state enforcement groups and other toll road operators of your situation (with your consent), toll credit support* (for active Linkt accounts only). Read More *Toll credit support is available for customers to cover the cost of essential toll road travel, where taking a free alternative route isn’t reasonably possible.

Utilities

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AGL - AGL has a range of support options to suit their customers’ circumstances and financial situation. Visit their Flood Support Page or call them anytime on 131 245.

AUSGRID - Ausgrid is the electricity distributor for Metropolitan Sydney, Central Coast, Newcastle and the Hunter. Ausgrid is working to restore power to homes and business impacted by floods and are working closely with emergency services to support customers needing assistance. Information on assistance for customers affected by the recent severe can be accessed through the Flood Assistance page.
If your premises have been affected by flooding, you may be eligible for a waiver of your electrical connection fees and associated charges. Find out more about our the Ausgrid Flood Assistance Package.
For the latest information relating to outages customers can visit the outages page on the Ausgrid website. We encourage all community members to be safe around electricity assets. Floodwaters can hide electrical hazards including powerlines. Always assume fallen powerlines are live, stay at least 8 metres away and call us 24/7 on 13 13 88.

ENDEAVOUR ENERGY - Endeavour Energy is the energy network powering Greater Western Sydney. Endeavour Energy is providing regular updates on its Flood Restoration Plan via its website (Flood Restoration Plan | Endeavour Energy) and Facebook page Endeavour Energy | Facebook. You can also find flood safety information, information on re-energising your home after a flood, and the support service available on their website.

ESSENTIAL ENERGY - Essential Energy has up-to-date information for customers and communities affected by the North Coast NSW floods, including regular updates on their work to restore power, the status of power outages in particular areas, information about reconnecting to their network after flooding – including the waiving of standard reconnection fees for affected customers, and information for electrical safety before, during and after floods.

ENERGY AUSTRALIA - Energy Australia is offering assistance programs to residential and business customers. Their EnergyAssist hardship program helps residential customers in financial stress through flexible ways including payment extensions, payment plans and advice. Find out more here.

MASTER ELECTRICIANS AUSTRALIA - Master Electricians Australia (MEA) is offering a community service in response to the NSW floods. Flood impacted consumers can call 1300 889 198 or enter their details on https://masterelectricians.com.au/2022-flood-crisis. MEA then locates a local licensed electrical contractor (Level 2 ASP) and the electrical contractor calls the consumer and makes arrangements. MEA will locate a local electrical contractor (Level 2 ASP), and though the contractor does not need to be a MEA member, there is a guarantee that the home is serviced by a licensed electrical contractor, avoiding the potential for unlicensed works.

MOMENTUM ENERGY – Momentum Energy is offering various support and relief packages to customers that have been impacted by the NSW Floods. Support is available to affected customers in line with their Payment Assistance Policy. Call 1300 662 778 (8am-7pm, weekdays) to speak to someone about how Momentum can help, or learn more about Momentum Energy's flood support here.

ORIGIN - Assistance is available for Origin customers on 13 24 61 or via their Live Chat platform available on the Origin website.
Assistance available includes:

  • Payment extensions
  • Payment Plans
  • Access to Origin’s hardship program (Power On) for impacted residential and small business customers.
  • Information regarding government grants
  • Debt waivers
  • Correspondence may be sent via SMS/email to avoid postal delays
  • Information about staying energy safe in a flood event

POWERSHOP - Customers impacted by the NSW floods have a range of support options available. Read More. 
Customers can reach out to Powershop on 1800 462 668 or contact here when they’re ready to discuss the options we can provide to help through these tough times.

SYDNEY WATER - Sydney Water can offer a range of financial assistance including flexible payment options, emergency relief, long-term support and referrals to other support services. Any customer, residential or business, experiencing payment difficulties should contact Sydney Water on 13 20 92 weekdays from 8.30 am to 5.30 pm or visit their website to see all assistance options.

SIMPLY ENERGY - Simply Energy has set up a disaster flood relief page for customers impacted by the NSW floods. Customers will find information for payment options, extended invoice periods and financial assistance. Please call 13 88 08 for further assistance.

WATER NSW -  Affordability/hardship support is available to customers impacted by the NSW floods. Contact 1300 662 077 

General Resource

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Small business services insights

ASK IZZY - A directory of community and social services across Australia. We are currently focussing our efforts to update services in the flood impacted areas to ensure that we have the most accurate and up to date service information available, including relief and emergency services. Read More 

GOVERNMENT MONEYSMART - Dealing with natural disasters. Read More

ORIGIN - Information regarding natural disasters, electrical power outages and gas leaks. Read More

 

Last updated 13.07.22 12pm

If your organisation has developed a NSW flood disaster response that you would like to include on this page, please send through the details to contact@thriving.org.au 

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