The Federal Government has announced people in the Riverina will now receive support payments for up to 13 weeks during natural disasters.
The Disaster Recovery Allowance Bill will assist people who are unable to make their usual income in future droughts and floods.
Parliamentary Secretary to the Attorney General Shayne Neumann says the recently passed bill will help small businesses and farmers recover in regional communities.
He says it's a great relief for people during times of need.
"The disaster income recovery subsidy or the ex gratia payment, people felt that they didn't have a real sense of entitlement to it," said Shayne Neumann.
"Now there will be this disaster recovery allowance. It's an income supported payment."
"It's legislated. It's now set forward in detailed basis as to what should happen and I think that provides certainty."
Mr Neumann says the assistance will make it easier for people to stay in and build rural areas after disasters.
"It won't solve everyone's problems when Mother Nature is being difficult, but it means they can get a bit of a helping hand," said Shayne Neumann.
"They've got the certainty and stability that there's a legislative basis for it and that's what I think people are crying out for."
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