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    Definitions

    Australian Government Disaster Recovery Payment is a payment from Centrelink for people affected by natural disasters.

    The Australian Government Disaster Recovery Payment is tax exempt and you do not need to include it in your tax return.

    For more information, contact Centrelink by:

    Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements

    The Australian Government provides funding through the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements to help pay for natural disaster relief and recovery costs.

    Declared natural disaster, see List of declared natural disasters.

    This is a list of areas that received government funding under the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements.

    Your principal place of residence is where you:

    • would normally reside
    • have a lawful right to reside.

    Destroyed, for a place of residence, includes a residence damaged to the extent that it must be demolished.

    Major damage, for a residence, means one of the following:

    • damage to at least a quarter of the interior of the residence
    • that the residence is structurally unsound
    • damage to the residence that exposes at least a quarter of the interior of the residence to the elements
    • sewerage contamination of the interior of the residence.

    Seriously injured is where an individual was admitted to hospital because of the injury (or would have been admitted to hospital under normal circumstances).

    Ex-gratia payment

    The Centrelink ex-gratia payment is for people affected by natural disasters. The payment is tax exempt and you do not need to include it in your tax return.

    Taxable income is the income you have to pay tax on. It is the term used for the amount left after you have deducted all the expenses you are allowed to claim from your assessable income. For more information, refer to What is taxable income?

      Last modified: 21 Sep 2016QC 22325