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Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements

​For eligible events up to and including 31 October 2018.

Responding to natural disasters, including the provision of relief and recovery assistance to disaster affected communities, is primarily the responsibility of state and territory governments ('the states'). However, in recognition of the significant cost of natural disasters, the Australian Government established the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA) to alleviate the financial burden on the states and to facilitate the early provision of assistance to disaster affected communities.

Through the NDRRA, the Australian Government provides financial assistance directly to the states to assist them with costs associated with certain disaster relief and recovery assistance measures. The NDRRA makes provisions for state governments to activate relief and recovery assistance immediately following a disaster without seeking approval from the Australian Government.

Under these arrangements, the state or territory government determines which areas receive NDRRA assistance and what assistance is available to individuals and communities, making available whatever assistance deemed necessary regardless of whether it is eligible for cost sharing under the NDRRA. This recognises that states are best placed to identify the type and level of assistance to make available following a disaster, in accordance with their responsibility for disaster management.

Where the NDRRA is activated, the Australian Government may fund up to 75 per cent of the assistance available to individuals and communities. This contribution is delivered through a number of NDRRA measures and may include:

  • personal hardship and distress assistance
  • counter disaster operations
  • concessional loans or interest subsidies for small businesses and primary producers
  • transport freight subsidies for primary producers
  • loans and grants to voluntary non-profit organisations
  • the restoration or replacement of essential public assets
  • community recovery funds.

In addition, clean-up and recovery grants may be made available to assist businesses, including farm businesses, to resume trading as soon as possible. The grants may be used for clean-up activities, repl​acement of damaged equipment and stock, and other general repairs.

NDRRA assistance is delivered through state and territory agencies (ACT, NSW, NT, Qld, SA, Tas, Vic and W​A).

For more detailed information refer to the NDRRA Determination 2017 below.

NDRRA Determination 2017

The NDRRA Determination 2017 applies from 1 July 2017, in respect of eligible disasters that occur up to and including 31 October 2018. The NDRRA Determination 2017 is available below:


Previous NDRRA Determinations

The NDRRA Determination 2012 (version 2) applies to eligible disasters that occurred on or after 29 October 2015, and up to or on 30 June 2017.

The NDRRA Determination 2012 (version 2) listed above replaced all previous Determinations outlined below: