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Activated Events


The Western Australia Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements​ (WAN​​DRRA) are jointly funded by the State and Commonwealth Governments and administered by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES), with assistance from other agencies. Through WANDRRA, the Western Australian and Commonwealth Governments provide help to people who have suffered the direct impact of a proclaimed event/act.

Assistance is provided via a range of relief measures to assist communities to recover from an eligible natural disaster event (including bushfire, earthquake, flood, storm, cyclone, storm surge, landslide, tsunami, meteorite strike and tornado) or terrorism act. 

The Department of Fire and Emergency Services will activate WANDRRA if:

  • ​​​it is one of the natural disaster events listed above, or a ​terrorism act; and​​
  • the anticipated cost of eligible measures will exceed $240,000.

2017 NDRRA Determination

A revised Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA) Determination has been provided to the State, effective as at 1 July 2017. The changes to this Determination are not considered significant, click h​ere to view the full NDRRA Determination 2017.

A brief overview of the key changes is provided below:

Definition and administrative changes – There are updated definitions and clarity around some conditions, including what constitutes an eligible undertaking, requirements for the State to notify the Federal Minister for all EP​A projects and additional evidence required for Essential Public Asset Repair and Restoration.

State record keeping and evidence required to support a State's c​​​laim has been updated and is far more comprehensive than the 2012 version 2 Determination.

Category A measures have been updated and far greater detail is provided in Schedule 1 of the 2017 Determination.

Counter Disaster Operations has changed and fr​om 2017 will not apply to essential public assets. Counter Disaster Operations relates to the protection of the general public, for example sandbagging. Full details are provided in Guideline 2 of the 2017 Determination.

NDRRA Determination 2017

NDRRA Determination 2017 - Guideline 1 - EPA Restoration

NDRRA Determination 2017 - Guideline 2 - Counter Disaster Operations

NDRRA Determination 2017 - Guideline 3 - Category C Interim Assessment Framework


Day labour, plant and equipme​​nt exemption

Due to restrictions around the use of local government resources, Western Australia successfully applied for an exemption. 

Learn more about the exemption / access the templates

Labour Plant Equipment Exemption Approved  ​ ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​