Centrelink beneficiaries in Australia’s flood-affected areas will have to start paying off their debts

Centrelink beneficiaries in flood-affected areas of the country will have to start repaying their debts.

Services Australia has implemented pauses to support Australians living in parts of the country affected by natural disasters this year.

However, the grace period will now be lifted and reimbursements are expected to restart based on when Centrelink beneficiaries were hit by disasters.

People line up outside a Centrelink office in Melbourne. Centrelink beneficiaries will have to start repaying their debts after a break in the flood-hit area

Members of the public watch the Windsor Bridge being submerged by flood waters from the swollen Hawkesbury River, in Windsor, northwest of Sydney, on July 4

Members of the public watch the Windsor Bridge being submerged by flood waters from the swollen Hawkesbury River, in Windsor, northwest of Sydney, on July 4

Some will be required to repay immediately, while others will have a different repayment schedule.

“The date your refunds will start will depend on the event you were affected by,” Services Australia said.

If you were hit by a disaster from January to February this year, Services Australia will let you know when your reimbursements will resume.

In addition to sending a reminder, it will explain how the refund process will work.

People affected by disasters from March to July will have to start making repayments by October 1, 2022.

However, people affected by the August disasters have been told that they can manage debt repayment themselves.

“This means you can modify or suspend your debt repayment for up to three months,” Services Australia said.

‘You will see this option in the Money you owe service in your Centrelink online account, via myGov or the Centrelink Express Plus app.

“We’re here to help you repay in the way that works best for you.

People hug watching the flood waters at Eagle Tce, Auchenflower on March 3 this year

People hug watching the flood waters at Eagle Tce, Auchenflower on March 3 this year

People hug watching the flood waters at Eagle Tce, Auchenflower on March 3 this year

A NSW mother has faced a damage bill of hundreds of thousands. Pictured is his flooded NSW Central Coast home

A NSW mother has faced a damage bill of hundreds of thousands. Pictured is his flooded NSW Central Coast home

A NSW mother has faced a damage bill of hundreds of thousands. Pictured is his flooded NSW Central Coast home

A McGraths Hill local checks on Sydney's northwest neighbors in July after the floods

A McGraths Hill local checks on Sydney's northwest neighbors in July after the floods

A McGraths Hill local checks on Sydney’s northwest neighbors in July after the floods

‘Remember that you don’t need to repay the money all at once. Most people set up a payment arrangement and repay it over time.

“If you don’t understand your debt or are worried about paying back money, please let us know.

“We can tell you about flexible repayment options and other help available to you.”

Earlier this week, it was revealed that low-income people and pensioners were receiving one-time and doubled cost-of-living reduction payments.

The payments are intended to provide relief to those going through this period of high inflation.

Around 192,000 South Australians (more than 10% of the state’s population) will receive up to $449 in cash directly into their bank accounts under a scheme announced earlier this year in the Australian Budget. State.

Premier Peter Malinauskas said it was the largest payment ever made by the state government to concession card holders and low-income people.

Under the concession program, homeowners will receive $449, while renters will receive $224.60 per household.

Homeowners who are self-funded retirees with a Commonwealth Seniors Health Card will also receive $224.60 per household.

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