Emergency services:
If you need emergency assistance due to flood/storm damage, call NSW SES on 132 500.
If life-threatening, call 000.

The most recent floods have had a significant effect on many homes and businesses on the Northern Beaches.

This page provides information on how to access advice, financial support and practical resources.

Traffic conditions

While all roads closed by recent flooding have reopened, keep on eye on local traffic conditions by checking LiveTraffic.

The severe wet weather has caused potholes and damage to road.  You can report a pothole in main roads to Transport for NSW or Council for other public roads.


Financial assistance for households

You may be eligible for a Disaster Recovery Payment of $1,000 per eligible adult and $400 per eligible child from Service Australia if your home has been severely damaged or destroyed, or you've been seriously injured.

You could also be eligible for a Disaster Recovery Allowance; short-term income assistance of up to 13 weeks, if you've lost income as a direct result of the floods.

If your home or essential household contents were damaged or destroyed by a natural disaster, you may be eligible for the Disaster Relief Grant for individuals from the NSW Government, if the following apply:

  • your home (primary place of residence) was damaged by a natural disaster 
  • you do not have insurance for the damage 
  • you are a low income earner with limited financial resources 
  • it has been less than 4 months since the disaster.


Assistance for businesses

The Storm and Flood Disaster Recovery Small Business Grant from Service NSW will provide funds of up to $50,000, to go towards clean-up costs for eligible small businesses.

The Northern Beaches has been declared a natural disaster area for this latest storm (AGRN 1012), meaning businesses could be eligible for the grant if they can show ‘direct damage’ to business assets or equipment.

Business advice

The Business Connect program, is also offering free business advice to help get business back up on their feet following the floods. You can book a session today with local adviser today.

To find out what support may be available to meet your specific business needs, reach out to Council’s Business Support Service on 1300 434 434 or book an appointment.