Assistance is available to local governments for:
- The restoration and replacement (including approved betterment) of essential public assets
- Counter disaster operations - carried out to protect communities and ensure public health and safety in public areas.
Essential Public Assets
This assistance is available for the restoration/replacement of essential public assets owned by a local government to the extent necessary to restore the asset to the equivalent of its pre-disaster standard.
Further details on essential public assets are included in the 'Guide to Local Governments', which was sent to all local governments in December 2017 and which can also be found here:
Guide to Local Governments September 2018: PDF 1.2 MB
For local government, WANDRRA may provide a minimum of 75 per cent of the cost of restoration or replacement of essential public assets, subject to a contribution cap which limits the total expenditure by individual local governments on eligible measures for each event.
Limits for Local Government Contributions for FY 2018-19 can be found in Local Government Contribution Limits for FY 2018-19:PDF 19 KB
Counter Disaster Operations
WANDRRA may cover up to 100 per cent of counter disaster operations provided that these costs are additional costs incurred directly as a result of the eligible natural disaster event. This may include expenses such as overtime, operational expenses, contractor expenses and clean-up costs to protect communities and ensure public health and safety in public areas. However, this does not include the notional costs of staff wages, or of using equipment/machinery owned by the local government claimant.
Further details are included in the Guide to Local Governments (2018)
Visit the WANDRRA Claim Forms and Notes page to download a copy of claim forms and read information on how to complete and submit them.
In order to undertake an assessment of a natural disaster event and to ensure that it satisfies the required WANDRRA criteria, it is imperative that the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) is informed of any potential eligible costs immediately after the impact of the event.
The below form must be completed and submitted by impacted Local Governments and certain State Government agencies to WANDRRA@dfes.wa.gov.au. The estimated eligible costs of damage (costs must be as a direct result of the natural disaster event) caused by the event will be collated, taking into account Local Government contributions. If all of the eligibility criteria is satisfied and endorsed by the Commissioner of DFES, an activation notification will be issued by DFES. However, damage that has occurred over a period of time will not be eligible for reimbursement under the WANDRRA.
WANDRRA Estimated Costs - LG and SGA Template (Excel 36 KB)
For all road infrastructures, please contact your regional Main Roads WA office. For all other assets, please contact the Department of Fire and Emergency Services.
WANDRRA Administrator by email to WANDRRA@dfes.wa.gov.au or by phone on (08) 9395 9973 or (08) 9395 9341.