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Media Release

Western Australia Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (WANDRRA)
Thursday 31 December 2009 – 1:00 PM

The State and Australian governments provide a range of relief measures to assist communities severely affected by an eligible natural disaster event (i.e. bushfire, cyclone, earthquake, flood, landslide, meteorite strike, storm, storm surge, tornado or tsunami).

Relief and recovery assistance can only be considered once a proclamation has been declared under the WANDRRA.

What is the assistance for?
The measures are intended to provide assistance for the recovery of communities and are offered on a needs basis.  The arrangements provide for:

What this assistance does not cover
The WA Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements do not:

  • provide compensation for losses suffered.
  • provide assistance where adequate insurance could have been obtained. Insurable assets such as houses and vehicles will not be considered eligible under the WANDRRA.
  • provide assistance for the following which are not natural disasters for the purposes of the WANDRRA –
    • drought
    • frost
    • heatwave
    • epidemic
    • events where human activity is a significant contributing cause (for example, poor environmental planning, commercial development, personal intervention (other than arson), or accident.

For more information about the WANDRRA and the emergency assistance arrangements that may be available, click on the 'WANDRRA OVERVIEW’ link.

Click on this link to view the ‘DICTIONARY OF TERMS’ used for the purposes of the WANDRRA.

A 'FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS' resource page is currently under development.

Assistance is available for the following ‘declared’ events:

Contact the WANDRRA Administrator at FESA for further information on (08) 9323 9552 or via email to:


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