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 (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 and State Government contributions, and if all of the criteria is satisfied and endorsed by the Commissioner of DFES, an activation notification is then 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)
Assistance is available to state government agencies for:
- The restoration and replacement (including approved betterment) of essential public assets; and
- Counter disaster operations.
Essential Public Assets
This assistance is available for the restoration/replacement of essential public assets (EPA) owned by an undertaking such as an eligible state government agency, to the extent necessary to restore the asset to the equivalent of its pre-disaster standard.
The restoration or replacement of an essential public asset to a more disaster-resilient standard than its pre-disaster standard for example betterment, may be considered however this would require a proposal being submitted to the State, and if considered appropriate will be sent to the Australian Government for consideration as an eligible measure.
For State Government agencies, WANDRRA may provide for up to 75% of the cost of repair and restoration including approved betterment works of essential public assets.
An essential public asset is defined as an asset of an eligible undertaking that, in the judgement of the state concerned:
a) Is an integral and necessary part of the state’s infrastructure; and
b) Would, if lost or damaged, severely disrupt the normal functioning of a community; and
c) Would, if lost or damaged, be restored or replaced as a matter of urgency.
The damaged asset MUST also relate to one of the following five categories of the State's infrastructure:
If the asset relates to another infrastructure category, OEM must be contacted prior to the work being undertaken as Commonwealth approval may be required.
In addition, should your agency consider that a repair or restoration of an EPA is expected to exceed $1 million; OEM must be contacted as a matter of urgency to obtain Commonwealth approval.
Counter disaster operations
WANDRRA may cover up to 100 per cent of counter disaster operations (CD-Ops) provided that these costs are additional costs incurred directly as a result of the event. This could for example, include expenses such as overtime, operational expenses, contractor expenses and clean-up costs. However, this would not include the ‘notional’ costs of staff wages, or of using equipment or machinery owned by the claimant.
Lodging a WANDRRA claim
State government agencies intending to submit a claim for expenditure on eligible measures should ensure that the claim is lodged with OEM as soon as possible, and certainly prior to the expiration of the allowable time limit. As a general rule, for restoration or replacement (including betterment) of an essential public asset, the claim form must be lodged within the period of 24 months after the end of the financial year in which the relevant eligible natural disaster occurred.
All claims should include suitable documentary evidence to satisfy the WANDRRA that the work has been completed and the invoice paid. All invoices submitted must include the following:
- State clearly that the work was as a direct result of the natural disaster event - clarifying the date of the event (e.g. storm event of 28 June 2011); and
- Indicate the type of work undertaken, the address/location and the dates the work was performed.
Visit the WANDRRA claim forms page for assistance on how to complete them.
The Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES).
WANDRRA Administrator by email to WANDRRA@dfes.wa.gov.au or by phone on (08) 9395 9973 or (08) 9395 9341.