The Department of Human Services has expanded the reach of its mobile services to victims of South Australia’s devastating bush-fires.
The latest mobile service centre has been set up at South Australia’s Golden Grove Recreation Centre on Golden Way. This mobile service will enable staff to move more quickly across regions that have been affected by natural disasters and need help, according to the Federal Minister for Human Services Marise Payne.
The South Australian mobile disaster recovery initiative is supported by a one-off Federal government payment for people whose homes were destroyed or severely damaged by the fires. If eligible, people will receive $1,000 per adult and $400 per child aged under 16 years.
People have until 6 July 2015 to make a claim. The local government areas covered by this relief span the Adelaide Hills, Barossa, Playford and Tea Tree Gully. This allowance is payable for a maximum of 13 weeks from the date where a loss of income occurred.
An allowance is also available to help employees, primary producers and sole traders that experienced a loss of income as a direct result of the bushfires. Details about this payment system are available at an emergency help site.
The Department of Human Services’ mobile programs expand its outreach across regional and rural areas. This peak department’s services include Centrelink payments, Medicare and child support. Nationwide services are supported by self-service facilities, including online accounts and mobile apps.
In other news, a Tweet news feed seeking help for South Australia’s affected Koalas has gone viral according to the ABC.