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Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements for Western Australia

Activated Events


The Western Australia Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (WANDRRA) apply to eligible disaster events that occurred prior to the 1 November 2018.

For all eligible disaster events that occur from 1 November 2018 the Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFAWA) applies.

WANDRRA is jointly funded by the State and Commonwealth Governments and administered by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES), with assistance from other agencies.

Current and previous Activated Events under WANDRRA can be found here.

For more information about WANDRRA or DRFAWA:

Email: drfawa@dfes.wa.gov.au
Phone: +61 8 9395 9341 or
  +61 8 9395 9973 or
  +61 8 9395 9374

Please note, Main Roads WA remains the key support agency and primary contact for WANDRRA road network enquiries and local government road network WANDRRA claims. For all queries regarding existing or future WANDRRA claims related to road network restoration, Main Roads WA is still to be contacted in the first instance.

2017 NDRRA Determination

A revised Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA) Determination was provided to the State, effective as at 1 July 2017. The changes to this Determination are not significant.

NDRRA Determination 2017 – 1670 KB

A brief overview of the key changes is provided below:

  • Definition and administrative changes – Updated definitions and clarity around some conditions, including what constitutes an eligible undertaking, requirements for the State to notify the Federal Minister for all Essential Public Asset (EPA) projects and additional evidence required for Essential Public Asset Repair and Restoration.
  • State record keeping and evidence required to support a State's claim have been updated and are far more comprehensive than the 2012 Version 2 Determination.
  • Category A measures have been updated and have far greater detail provided in Schedule 1 of the 2017 Determination.
  • Counter Disaster Operations have changed and no longer apply to essential public assets. Counter Disaster Operations relate to the protection of the general public, for example, sandbagging. Full details are provided in Guideline 2 of the 2017 Determination.

NDRRA Determination 2017  (PDF - 1670KB)

NDRRA Determination 2017 - Guideline 1 - EPA Restoration  (PDF - 416KB)

NDRRA Determination 2017 - Guideline 2 - Counter Disaster Operations   (PDF - 340KB)
NDRRA Determination 2017 - Guideline 3 - Category C Interim Assessment Framework  (PDF - v130kb)

Day labour, plant and equipment exemption

The day labour, plant and equipment exemption (effective from 5 May 2017) allows local governments in Western Australia to use their own plant and equipment when rebuilding essential public assets.

Learn more about the exemption or to access the templates.

Submitting a WANDRRA claim

State government agencies are to submit claims for expenditure directly to a DFES Disaster Recovery Funding Officer – drfawa@dfes.wa.gov.au.

Local governments are to submit road claims to their Main Roads WA Regional Office. All other local government claims are to be submitted to DFES.

Please note: Claims relating to the reconstruction of essential public assets must be lodged within 24 months after the end of the financial year in which the relevant eligible disaster occurred.

All invoices must be supported by a Claim Form NDRRA003-AB and evidence that indicates 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 – referencing the Australian Government Reference Number (AGRN) and the date of the event (e.g. AGRNXXX storm event of 28 June 2011); and
  • Indicate the type of work undertaken, the address/location and the dates the work was performed.

Claim form

A claim form NDRRA003-AB is to be on the agency’s letterhead, signed by an employee with delegated authority and be submitted along with the invoice.

Claim Form NDRRA003-AB (Excel 29 KB)


DFES Disaster Recovery Funding Officers

Email: drfawa@dfes.wa.gov.au
Phone: +61 8 9395 9341 or
  +61 8 9395 9973 or
  +61 8 9395 9374