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 Commonwealth Government and 25% by the Queensland Government.


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 & Forestry
  • QRAA.

For more information visit 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.

NDRRA activations


Eligibility update - Internal day labour for 2012 natural disaster events

On 13 May 2014, the Queensland Reconstruction Authority received advice that the Commonwealth Government has approved reimbursement of day labour costs for councils for 2012 disaster events. Restoration costs for these events had previously been excluded from the Local Government Value for Money Pricing Model trial.

Councils are encouraged to contact their QRA Regional Liaison Officer for advice and assistance.


Resources for local governments and state agencies:

NDRRA Funding Agreement (  1MB) - local governments are required to complete and sign the Authority's funding agreement to access NDRRA funding.

The Framework for Betterment outlines the intent of the Betterment fund, the assets that can be included for consideration, how submissions will be considered, and how funds will be distributed.

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

Microsoft Office Compatibilty:

If you are running a version of Microsoft Office which cannot open the files attached on this page, please download and install the compatibility patch from Microsoft.

This Compatibility Pack works with files created by Office 2010 and the Office 2007 system, however please note that some complex macros and formatting still may not display as intended.

Document Listing:

The VfM Strategy outlines the Authority's best practice VfM objectives for NDRRA's expenditure.

The Minister for Local Government, Community Recovery and Resilience has approved local government trigger points for all NDRRA events in 2014-15. These 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. The trigger points for Councils impacted by de-amalgamation are based on an apportioned share of the net general rates.

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.

Council trigger points for 2014-15 events ( 127KB)