DRFA information for applicants
The new Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA) have been finalised by the Commonwealth and are effective from 1 November 2018.
The DRFA and associated guidelines can be found below:
- Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements 2018 ( 2.12 MB )
- Guideline 1 - An essential public asset ( 138 KB )
- Guideline 2 - Counter Disaster Operations ( 338 KB )
- Guideline 3 - Category C Assessment Framework ( 668 KB )
- Guideline 4 - Insurance arrangements ( 564 KB )
- Guideline 5 - Process for determining a terrorist act. ( 234 KB )
For any questions please email email@example.com.
NDRRA information for applicants
The Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA) are a joint funding initiative of the Commonwealth and State Governments to provide disaster relief and recovery payments and infrastructure restoration to help communities recover from the effects of natural disasters. Most relief measures under NDRRA are funded 75% by the Australian Government and 25% by the Queensland Government.
- Queensland Disaster Funding Assistance measures diagram (234 KB )
- DisasterAssist website - Australian Government Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements Determinations (2017)
Individuals, businesses and primary producers
NDRRA assistance for individuals, businesses and primary producers in Queensland is available through:
- Department of Communities Child Safety and Disability Services
- Department of Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games
- Department of Agriculture & Fisheries
- Queensland Rural and Industry Development Authority (QRIDA)
Further information is available on the Queensland Government community support website.
Local government authorities and state department agencies
The Queensland Reconstruction Authority is responsible for administering Counter Disaster Operations (Category A) and Restoration of Essential Public Assets (Category B) relief measures, which can be applied for by local government authorities and state government agencies.
Latest NDRRA activations
Exceptional circumstances (Category D) funding following STC Debbie
The Australian Government and Queensland Government have jointly approved a $96.2 million NDRRA Category D exceptional circumstances package in response to Severe Tropical Cyclone Debbie, jointly funded on a 50/50 basis by the Commonwealth and State Governments.
This package includes:
- $41.9 million Recovery to Resilience – infrastructure package (Betterment Fund)
- $35 million Recovery to Resilience – environmental package
- $2.1 million Recovery to Resilience – economic package.
In addition, $17.3 million was approved for restoration works to Whitsunday Regional Council’s Shute Harbour Marina ($15.2 million) Airlie Beach Foreshore ($850,000) and Mackay Regional Council’s Bluewater Trail ($1.2 million).
Learn more about Category D funding.
Eligibility update - Internal day labour and equipment
The Commonwealth Government has agreed to reimburse local governments for costs incurred while using their own plant and equipment and day labour when delivering reconstruction works under the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA).
This decision allows councils to be reimbursed for costs from 1 July 2013 to 31 October 2018, where value for money can be demonstrated for all levels of government.
The Commonwealth Government confirmed this advice would also apply to emergent works.
Resources for local governments and state agencies:
Queensland Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements Guidelines
- Queensland Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements Guidelines for events occurring after 1 July 2017 ( 486KB)
- Queensland Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements Guidelines for events occurring prior to 1 July 2017 ( 899KB)
- Commonwealth Government Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements Determinations (2017 & 2012 V2)
Submission documents and forms
Important note regarding GST
Costs submitted by Council in relation to approved projects will be grossed up for GST. A Recipient Created Tax Invoice (RCTI) inclusive of an RCTI agreement will be issued with each component of funding. The use of RCTIs ensures compliance to GST legislation and is in line with processes previously adopted by the Department in processing these claims.
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NDRRA Submission Guide ( 3.8MB) - advice on how to prepare submissions for NDRRA funding and understanding the Authority's reporting requirements.
|Submission Type||Stage||Form Required||Description|
|Counter Disaster Operations (CDO)||Pre-approval and Acquittal combined||FORM 12||Details submission for the reimbursement of actual costs of Counter Disaster Operations activities|
|Restoration of Essential Public Assets (REPA) - Emergent Works (EW)||Pre-approval and Acquittal combined||
Form 4 is now council specific and should be requested by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org
|Details submission for reimbursement of actual costs of Emergent Works activities|
|Restoration of Essential Public Assets (REPA) (actuals)||Pre-approval and Acquittal combined||Form 4 is now council specific and should be requested by contacting email@example.com||Submission for actual costs of completed scope of restoration works|
|Value for money details|
|FORM 10||Final report checklist|
|FORM 11||Final Report|
|Restoration of Essential Public Assets (REPA) (estimates)||Pre-approval||FORM 4 Agency specific, email firstname.lastname@example.org for form||Estimated costs and scope of restoration works|
|Value for money statement – proposed delivery|
|Post approval Variations||Form 4 is now council specific and should be requested by contacting email@example.com||Proposed variation to approved scope / estimated cost and certification|
|FORM 7||Details variation request|
|Post approval Progress reporting||FORM 8||Progress reporting checklist|
Form 9 Progress Report is now council specific and should be requested by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org
|Progress of delivery of works/expemditure by asset|
|Acquittal||Value for Money statement - actual delivery|
|Form 9 Progress Report is now council specific and should be requested by contacting email@example.com||Final Progress report|
|FORM 10||Final report checklist and certification|
|FORM 11||Final report - Value for Money Outcome|
|Extension of Time||FORM 13||Extension of Time application to be reviewed and endorsed by the QRA but approved by the Commonwealth|
|Restoration of Essential Public Assets (REPA) and Emergent Works (EW)||Essential Public Asset (EPA) approval/ notification||Approval Form Template||Provides details of essential public assets with REPA/EW works over $1M for Commonwealth Approval|
|Notification Form Template||Notifies Commonwealth of assets that have re-damage restoration costs over $1M and have previously received Commonwealth EPA approval|
Value for Money (VfM) Strategy
- VfM Strategy ( 1.3 MB)
Day labour advice for councils
The local government trigger points for NDRRA events apply to the Restoration of Essential Public Assets (REPA) relief measure, which includes Emergent and Restoration Works.
The trigger points are calculated based on a percentage of net general rates, and are capped at $2.2 million.
Trigger points have two purposes:
- Eligible REPA damage must exceed a Council's trigger point for them to be activated for REPA under the NDRRA.
- Council must contribute up to its trigger point amount to eligible REPA works.
Trigger points for all councils can be viewed in the pdf below.
Tip Sheets for Applicants
- What is an Eligible Asset? ( 303 KB)
- What are CDO, Emergent and REPA ( 302 KB)
- Photo evidence to help with your submission ( 5 MB)
- Suggestions for preparing a submission ( 294 KB)
- On costs explained ( 449 KB)
- Acquittal requirements ( 158 KB)
- Variations to approved REPA works ( 427 KB)
Resources and related links
Queensland Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements
- Queensland Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements - Guidelines ( 486 KB ) for events occurring after 1 July 2017
- Queensland Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements Guidelines for events occurring prior to 1 July 2017 ( 899 KB)
- NDRRA Submission Guide ( 3.8 MB) - advice on how to prepare submissions for NDRRA funding and understanding the Authority's reporting requirements.