Financial assistance in flood affected areas

  • Published March 1, 2022

On behalf of your fellow HSU members across the state we hope that you are safe. The HSU is here for you. If you have any questions about your work or entitlements during these challenging times, please contact the Member Services Division on 1300 478 679.

To assist members in flood affected areas, we have collated the latest information on financial assistance available to affected members. See below:

Federal Government payments

Yesterday the Federal Government extended its Australian Government Disaster Recovery Payment of $1,000 per eligible adult and $400 per eligible child to the local government areas of Ballina, Bellingen, Byron, Clarence Valley, Coffs Harbour, Kyogle, Lismore, Richmond Valley and Tweed.

In addition, the Disaster Recover Allowance provides basic income support for employees who experience a loss on income and has also been made available in these impacted areas.

Applications for these will open at 2pm today. More information and links to payment applications can be found at:

Your Award or Agreement

You might also be eligible for paid leave under your award or enterprise agreement. For more information, please contact the HSU Member Services Division on 1300 478 679.

HSU Welfare Fund

Coming out of the 2020 bushfires, the HSU developed the HSU Welfare Fund to support members who experience extreme hardship because of natural disasters. You may be eligible for up to $1,000 from the HSU Welfare Fund. For more information and links to applications visit

Again, if you need any support or advice contact please contact 1300 478 679 or email [E-Mail not displayed].