Issued: 4 May 2017
Joint media release - Minister for Emergency Services and Commonwealth Minister for Justice
Minister for Justice Michael Keenan and New South Wales Minister for Emergency Services Troy Grant today announced disaster assistance for the Cessnock and Singleton communities.
Minister Keenan said the assistance is being provided through the jointly-funded Commonwealth-State Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA), and relates to bushfires that occurred in Cessnock between 13 and 20 December 2016, and Singleton between 19 February and 2 March 2017.
"The Australian and New South Wales governments are committed to working together to ensure that disaster affected communities have access to the assistance they need to help them recover as quickly as possible," Mr Keenan said.
Minister Grant said assistance is now available for eligible residents, small businesses and primary producers.
"The assistance will also help with the costs incurred from fighting the fires and restoring damaged public infrastructure, which will make a real difference in getting communities back on their feet," Mr Grant said.
Assistance available under the NDRRA may include:
For information on personal hardship and distress assistance, contact the Disaster Welfare Assistance Line on 1800 018 444. To apply for a concessional loan, grant or freight subsidy, contact the NSW Rural Assistance Authority on 1800 678 593 or visit
Further information on disaster assistance is available on the Australian Government's Disaster Assist website
disasterassist.gov.au and the NSW emergency information and response website at