The Queensland Betterment Fund - building resilience

2015 Betterment Fund - $20 million

The 2015 Betterment Fund is a Queensland Government initiative supported by the Commonwealth Government as part of the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA).

A $20 million Betterment Fund is available to councils activated for NDRRA assistance as a result of Tropical Cyclone Marcia. The Australian Government has limited the 2015 Betterment Fund to addressing direct impacts from Tropical Cyclone Marcia, and has excluded State assets.

The $20 million Betterment Fund has been funded with $10 million from the Queensland Government and $10 million from the Australian Government.

The intent of betterment is to increase the resilience of Queensland communities to natural disasters, while at the same time reducing future expenditure on asset restoration, reducing incidents, injuries and fatalities during and after natural disasters, and improving asset utility during and after natural disasters.

The 2015 Framework for Betterment allows local councils to restore or replace essential public assets damaged by Tropical Cyclone Marcia to a more disaster-resilient standard than their pre-disaster standard

Local councils affected by Tropical Cyclone Marcia can access the 2015 Framework for Betterment and Betterment Expression of Interest form in the useful links column on this page.

The 2015 Betterment Fund is managed by the Queensland Reconstruction Authority.


2013 Betterment Fund - $80 million

The 2013 Betterment Fund was a Queensland Government initiative supported by the Commonwealth Government as part of the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA).

On 28 February 2013, the Commonwealth Government approved funding of $40 million, matching the Queensland Government’s $40 million to create the $80 million Betterment Fund.

The intent of betterment is to increase the resilience of Queensland communities to natural disasters, while at the same time reducing future expenditure on asset restoration, reducing incidents, injuries and fatalities during and after natural disasters, and improving asset utility during and after natural disasters.

The betterment framework allowed local councils to restore or replace essential public assets damaged events in 2013 to a more disaster-resilient standard than their pre-disaster standard.

The 2013 Betterment Fund was accessed by 35 Councils to deliver 230 projects with a total project cost of approximately $150 million.




 

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