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Disaster Ready Fund - Round One


Disaster Ready Fund - Round One 2023-24


The Australian Government has established the Disaster Ready Fund (DRF). The DRF is providing up to one billion dollars over the next five years, from 1 July 2023, to improve Australia’s resilience and reduce risk to natural disasters.

Funding for DRF Round One: 2023-24 opened on 10 January 2023 and closed on 6 March 2023.State and territory lead agencies partnered with a range of government and community organisations to submit applications under the DRF. 

NEMA established an assessment panel with experts, an independent adviser and a probity adviser to assess the applications. The assessment panel made recommendations to the Minister for Emergency Management for approval.

Senator the Hon Murray Watt, Minister for Emergency Management, announced the successful projects on 7 June 2023.

Successful projects A list of successful projects by state and territory lead agencies is outlined below.

For more information on projects, including partner information, project details and collaboration opportunities, please contact the lead agency directly. Lead agencies are the project owners and can provide the most accurate information and contacts. 


Project Title



Cth Awarded Funding

Co-contribution (from jurisdiction or project delivery partner)

Total Project Cost

Centre of Excellence - Young People and Disasters


This project will create a Centre of Excellence (CoE) on Young People and Disasters. The CoE will become a leading hub for evidence-based, innovative, and cutting-edge approaches to involve young people as active agents in disaster management, preparedness, response and recovery, and community resilience building.




Newstead Flood Study and Levee Design

Mount Alexander

This project will produce a flood study, levee design, and planning scheme amendment submission to update the Newstead Levee which was constructed in 1912 and is exposed to flood risk.




Modernising the pollen forecasting network to reduce future disaster risk

Victoria (state-wide), Australian Capital Territory, Adelaide (South Australia), and Murrumbidgee Local Health District (New South Wales).

This project will deliver an improved and expanded pollen counting and forecasting system to reduce disaster risk associated with pollen storms and broader health impacts in key at-risk Australian states and territories. It will include installation of automated pollen counting machines and research to improve epidemic thunderstorm asthma risk forecasting.




Numurkah Flood Mitigation Project - Stage 2 Southern Levee Design


This project will complete the design and contract documentation for the Southern Levees (Stage 2) of The Numurkah Flood Mitigation Project, including hydraulic modelling, native vegetation and cultural heritage assessments.




Latrobe City Urban Flood Study/Drainage Strategy


This project will undertake a flood study of three major towns and develop a drainage strategy to identify and prioritise areas of concern with appropriate mitigation options. The drainage strategy is proposed to be adopted by Council and form the basis of future investment into infrastructure to improve flood protection for residences.







Campaspe Shire Flood Review & Mitigation Project


This project will review and develop a Risk Management Plan to increase community resilience in Campaspe Shire, after Murray, Campaspe and Goulburn Rivers flooding. The project will deliver a review, detailed investigation, functional design, cost estimates and approvals which will construct the first stage of flood protection recommendations. It will also acquire critical infrastructure to protect essential services and town access points in the event of a flood.







Stawell Flood Investigation: Planning Controls Documentation

Northern Grampians

This project will reduce the exposure to risk, harm and severity of flooding events by including the preparation of planning scheme amendments and a Floodplain Development Plan. The study area of the Stawell Flood Investigation will be extended by approximately 12 square kilometres.







Shepparton Mooroopna Flood Intelligence Mapping

Greater Shepparton

This project will update flood intelligence and mapping for the Shepparton, Mooroopna and Kialla areas including renewal of out-of-date floor level surveys. This renewed survey will inform both the Municipal Flood Emergency Plan, the Goulburn Broken Community Flood Intelligence Portal and FloodZoom with up-to-date reliable data that will underpin community resilience.







Remote Bushfire Detection


This project seeks to provide rapid identification of bushfire ignitions using satellite and terrestrial camera technology integrated with machine learning. Early detection allows a quicker response to ignitions, reduces the impacts of bushfire on people, property, and the environment, increases first responder safety and reduces the cost of suppression.







Increasing understanding of risk and resilience across East Gippsland LGA

East Gippsland

This project will produce a web-based tool to share geographic data with community and council, to improve community knowledge of risk and enable better decision making about investment and emergency management. It will also deliver community engagement and education, and ensure community assembly areas are safer, with reliable independent power and communication facilities.







Mid-Goulburn Valley Flood Study


This project will undertake a review and make recommendations for flood models, data usage, emergency plan risks and consequences, infrastructure resilience and mitigation opportunities.  







Greater Geelong Connected Network Analysis – Flood Mitigation

Greater Geelong

The project will deliver catchment modelling and a preliminary investigation to address recent major flash flooding incidents. The study will focus on highest risk areas and will support drainage upgrades or water management solutions. This project will include community consultation and deliver up-to-date information for building and planning controls and emergency management modelling.







Strathbogie Shire Floods, Flash Flooding and Storm Surges Strategy


This project will support mapping and digital hydraulic modelling of waterways and drainage infrastructure to inform urban planning and reduce flood risks to the community. It will also contribute to a prioritised set of infrastructure works, future business cases and evidence-based modelling to optimise response during emergencies.







Corryong Advanced Microgrid (CAM)


This project seeks to build the energy resilience of Corryong, which was recently disconnected from the electricity grid for over a month due to bushfire. By establishing an Advanced Microgrid that would provide electricity to a large area of the town with the ability to provide electricity for an extended period, allowing essential services and the community to respond to the emergency and in some cases continue business.







Assessing future impacts of heatwaves on the health of Victorians


This project will model future impacts of heatwaves on health and health service demand in Victoria under various greenhouse gas emission, intervention, and adaptive capacity scenarios. This will enhance the Victorian health system and broader sectors’ capability to implement more targeted risk reduction interventions, and to prepare for and respond to health impacts of heatwaves.







Jamieson Police Paddock Community Hub - Business Case and Project Plan


This project will create a business case and project plan to develop a purpose-built command post, community hub, and recovery centre during and after emergencies. Outside of emergencies, the facility will be a multifunctional community space. The business case and project plan will be the first step towards building the facility 







Traralgon Creek Retarding Basin Feasibility Study


This project will investigate options for a standalone piece of infrastructure to improve flood protection for Traralgon residents impacted by flooding from the Traralgon Creek.







Flood Asset Infrastructure Upgrade

Swan Hill

This project will reduce flooding risk in Swan Hill and Robinvale. It will upgrade antiquated drainage infrastructure, pump systems, and other assets with current technology. Fit for purpose infrastructure will reduce the impact of flooding on assets and reduce safety risks to staff who manage the system during flooding events. 







Resilient Regions and capable communities

East Gippsland

This project will work with vulnerable communities across Gippsland and deliver facilitated workshops on reducing risk exposure and building community resilience. The program is underpinned by research into the role of businesses in disaster preparedness and recovery and will reduce risk exposure, improve recovery and economical resilience.







Schools in Fire Country


This project will provide bushfire education to upper primary school students in bushfire-prone areas to reduce their bushfire risk. This project will co-design a sustainable implementation strategy to enable scalability of the program and provide professional learning opportunities for teachers and emergency management personnel.  







Investigation of flood prone transport routes in North Central Victoria

Macedon Ranges; Mount Alexander; Buloke; Campaspe; Gannawarra; Central Goldfields; Swan Hill; Loddon; Greater Bendigo; Mildura

This project will investigate key transport routes affected by flooding within the Loddon Mallee region and improve understanding of flood risk to the transportation network. The project will inform prioritisation of future road upgrades and support emergency management planning. This will improve the understanding of flood risk, reduce that risk and impact of flooding on communities and economy.







Port Albert and Robertson’s Beach Seawall Detailed Assessment


This project will engage coastal engineering expertise to undertake an assessment of the Port Albert and Robertson Beach seawalls. The assessment will include a condition report, risk assessment, and will inform a capital and maintenance works program with a schedule of options to sustainably and cost effectively manage these assets on an on-going basis.







Merriwa Park Levee Bank


This project will upgrade the existing levee bank at Merriwa Park. The project will deliver a new levee embankment to manage more severe flood events, and an upgrade to a pump station and reconstruction of existing pump station. 







Strengthening resilience in Yarra Ranges and Campaspe communities

Yarra Ranges; Campaspe

This project will support a network of organisations to build resilience through collaboration in delivering sector workshops, local communities of practice, analysis and mapping, a collaborative action plan, and final project report. This will enable Community Legal Centres and related organisations to strengthen partnerships and provide a coordinated approach to risk reduction.







Mount Alexander Shire Community Information Monitors

Mount Alexander

This project will install monitors to share accessible emergency information to communities. During and after emergencies, they will share localised warnings, hazards, safety advice and information about relief and recovery. Outside of emergencies, they will promote awareness and share risk and resilience information.







Business case for Emergency Preparedness model for people with disability


This project will support people with disability (PWD) to be involved in developing their emergency preparedness plans at all levels. A business case will be developed for a staged state-wide rollout of Person-Centred Emergency Preparedness (P-CEP) model for Victoria’s people with disability community. It will focus on increasing awareness and the benefits of P-CEP in disaster risk reduction to increase P-CEP uptake and foster collaborative emergency management planning approaches.







Hodgson and Burgoigee Creeks Flood channel asset repair and replacement


This project aims to halt and reverse active streambed incision processes to protect natural processes, public and private assets. This will be achieved through the repair and/or replacement of priority existing grade control structures damaged by the December 2018 flood event. A program of stock exclusion and revegetation will also be implemented for long-term protection of the system.







Corangamite Flood Study - Stage 2 Data Acquisition


This study will provide flood mapping for the entire municipality to reduce flood risks. Previous scoping has identified the need for LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) data. This project will acquire LiDAR data through the Statewide Digital Twin Victoria (DTV) and Coordinated Imagery Program (CIP) to inform flood modelling in the next stages of the flood study. 







Glengarry Flood Mitigation Design and Construction - Stage One


This project will analyse the options available to Latrobe City Council to deliver and operate flood mitigation assets. This project will design and construct swales (small channels) and levees on Brooks Lane and Traralgon-Maffra Road, Glengarry. Implementation of the first stage for a network of swale drains and levees will provide 1% Annual Exceedance Probability (AEP) flood protection to significantly improve flood protection for a large section of the Glengarry township and residences.







Understanding current flooding inadequacies in road infrastructure

Benalla; Greater Shepparton; Wangaratta; Moira; Mitchell; Strathbogie

The project will complete a flood risk modelling exercise to understand where road infrastructure within North-East Victoria is most likely to experience flooding impacts during extreme weather, and determine locations where existing road infrastructure may contribute to flooding risk. It will identify areas needing improvements and deliver a business case to address and reduce future impacts.  







Integrated Strategic Bushfire Management in a Changing Climate


This project will study the relative effectiveness of fire management actions (including prescribed burning, suppression, mechanical fuel treatments, fuel breaks) in a changing climate. This will increase understanding of the risk reduction achieved by management actions, and potential impacts. The project will deliver a state-wide framework to deliver the most effective risk reduction activities.







*Final figures subject to schedule negotiations
New South Wales

Project Title



Cth Awarded Funding

Co-contribution (from jurisdiction or project delivery partner)

Total Project Cost

Flood Road Warning System – Automated - Moree Plains Council

Moree Plains

This project will deliver a flood road warning systems to reduce risk for two isolated communities. This includes water level sensor cameras connected to flashing signage and remote monitoring capabilities.




Flood Reduction and Risk Mitigation Strategies for Cabonne - Cabonne Council


This project will deliver risk reduction equipment, a critical evacuation centre and early warning systems for improved disaster response to protect public and private assets.




Moulamein Water Treatment Plant Ring Levee, Town Levee Upgrade - Murray River Council

Murray River

This project will enable construction works to future proof Moulamein against damage caused by large flood events. This involves an upgrade of the Moulamein Water Treatment Plant ring levee, upgrade of sections of the levee system and installation of structures to isolate riverine flood water from the town’s storm water.




Nature Based Solutions: Building Flood Resilience in Lismore Catchment -Richmond Landcare


This project will reduce flood and erosion risk in the Lismore catchment; protecting, restoring and emulating the natural functions of catchments, floodplains and rivers.




Land iQ – Disaster Ready Enhancements - NSW Department of Planning & Environment


This project will fund enhancements of Land iQ to support emergency response, recovery efforts and long-term disaster readiness and enable more informed land use decision making. This will assist NSW government agencies make faster, smarter decisions about the use of land.




Delivery of Batemans Bay Coastal Protection Works - Eurobodalla Council


This project will design and construct four high priority coastal protection works in the Batemans Bay area. This involves upgrades to essential services, road protection structures, rock walls and levees.




Bushfire Kids Connect School Community Disaster Risk Ready Project - Bushfire Kids


This project will address the lack of mental health resources for young people leading up to and following the trauma of a natural disaster. Through the use of 3D technology to build risk reduction skills for young people who’ve been impacted by disaster, as a means to empower them to help their community.




A safer and more reliable Lower Bielsdown Road - Bellingen Council


This project will upgrade Lower Bielsdown Road to increase safety, reliability and resilience of the road from future major weather events. The road acts as major form of connection for Tallowwood Ridge area, benefiting local residents, farmers and a growing tourism market.




Ree Place, Bidwill - Drainage Amplification for Flood Mitigation - Blacktown City Council


This project will enable drainage amplification to mitigate flooding at Ree Place, Bidwill. Works will include providing new pits at Wicklow Street and Cook Place, and pipework from Wicklow Street to improve the capacity of the system.




Construction of C2 and C6 stormwater retention basins in Orange, NSW - Orange City Council


This project will address downstream flooding within the City of Orange through construction of two stormwater retention basins on Blackmans Swamp Creek.




Fire, Country and People: Aboriginal Community Disaster Ready partnership - Forestry Corporation

Multi-LGA: North Coast, Mid North Coast and Far North Coast NSW

This project will establish strategic and reciprocal partnerships with Aboriginal communities and organisations to reduce the risk, harm and/or severity of major and catastrophic bushfire events and other natural hazards. It will involve traditional mapping and cultural knowledge, Aboriginal and other stakeholder co-design, Aboriginal employment, contracting and skills development.




Understanding and uplifting digital connectivity during natural disasters - NSW Telco Authority


This project will improve digital connectivity for disaster impacted communities through temporary and long-term digital connectivity solutions. This Includes a qualitative research study and the development of ‘Connectivity First Aid Kits’ to address the safety and wellbeing risks posed by loss of telecommunications.




Levee design and construction, Storm water upgrades and House Raising - Gunning Flood Mitigation Works - Upper Lachlan Council

Upper Lachlan Shire

This project will construct various levee and other stormwater infrastructure to improve the resilience of the Gunning community to flood impacts.




Disaster Ready Singleton - Singleton Council


This project will develop a Disaster Risk Management Plan and accompanying business case. Will include disaster readiness activities and community education.




AHO Disaster Ready Risk analysis - Business Case - Aboriginal Housing Office


This project will undertake a detailed analysis on current AHO stock to provide data guiding the future strategic directions of both AHO and the Aboriginal Community Housing Sector. It will inform an Extreme Weather Hazard Risk Analysis covering bushfire, flooding, heatwaves, and storms.




Borang Creek Culvert upgrade - Eurobodalla Council


This project will reduce the flooding risk along Potato Point Road by replacing the culvert to an 18.5m long x 11.43 wide Inquick dual carriageway bridge.




Stage 2 - Denman Drainage Strategy - Muswellbrook Council


This project will enable the construction of new piped stormwater drainage in Denman to build long term sustainability and resilience within the town against future natural disasters. An open swale channel will augment the stormwater system to the outlet in Sandy Creek.




Hazard Watch and Hazard  Publisher - Department of Customer Services


This project will create a ‘core and common’ application for NSW citizens and visitors to access all-hazard warning communications and make it easier for citizens to access current information in an emergency.




Northern Rivers Disaster Adaptation Project - Northern Rivers Reconstruction Corporation

Lismore; Richmond Valley; Byron; Ballina; Tweed; Clarence Valley; Kyogle

This project will enhance disaster planning, preparations, and response capabilities in the Northern Rivers through a suite of research and development projects. This includes a research partnership to create an evidence base on community-led adaptation, housing and urban design and place-based plans for regional centres.




*Final figures subject to schedule negotiations

Project Title



Cth Awarded Funding

Co-contribution (from jurisdiction or project delivery partner)

Total Project Cost

Design and Construct Round Hill Reservoir 2


This project will design and construct a second permanent Round Hill Reservoir (RHR2) to gain resilience in the water network and enable the existing Round Hill Reservoir (RHR) to be upgraded to a more resilient standard. A more robust asset and increased capacity of RHR will meet 2041 resilience storage requirements and reduce the risks of impacts from natural disasters.




City of Gold Coast Severe Wind Strata Study and Industry Engagement

Gold Coast

The project will complete a study of strata stock and deliver an industry engagement strategy to increase the cities understanding of evacuation and refuge options during very rare severe tropical cyclone events that have been indicated to be more likely in the future for the area.




Backflow device automation in Brisbane’s CBD


The Backflow device automation in Brisbane’s CBD project will modify existing assets to enable automation which will minimise the need for staff to access these sites during a flood emergency event, enabling a safer response for service operators and the community.




Upgrading existing stormwater outlets to gated outlets


This project will solve leaking at four stormwater outlets which will free up resources to concentrate on other matters during a flooding event.




Flood mitigation backflow device - water level sensor


This project will enable remote readings of flood levels removing the need for officers to be in unsafe weather conditions. The device will also enable increased efficiency while monitoring and maintaining the devices. 




Flood Warning Infrastructure Doomadgee West Road – Lagoon and Branch Creek


This project will install flood warning infrastructure that links with the existing network and publishes real-time rainfall and water level data online for monitoring and enhanced decision making. As well as improve drainage infrastructure to gain uninterrupted access.




Flood Study Program


This Program will update flood hazard information, enabling more accurate information to councils. The update will ensure more accurate hazard planning, and communication of risk for community awareness and preparation ahead of future events.




Shoreline Erosion Management - Cowan Cowan, Mulgumpin (Moreton Island)


The project will implement an ongoing shoreline erosion monitoring program for vulnerable coastline at Cowan Cowan, Mulgumpin (Moreton Island) and schedule protective maintenance to the beach to protect the areas from further erosion enhancing protection to otherwise threatened properties within nearing townships. 




Solar Panels and Battery Storage for Disaster Resilience

Mount Isa

This project includes installation of solar panels with back up energy supply to ensure critical communications and co-ordination with staff and residents are maintained during an event.




Private sector-driven managed retreat of at-risk settlements: An SEQ pilot

Sunshine Coast; Ipswich; Brisbane; Moreton Bay; Lockyer Valley

The project will trial an urban development-led managed retreat system in South East Queensland with local and state government support. In line with the QSDR & NDRRF, this could de-risk and incentivise private investment in at-risk properties, reducing the financial exposure of government & community to unsustainable long term reconstruction, recovery and socio-economic impact




Detailed Design for the Reconstruction of Duck Creek Road

Scenic Rim

The project will develop a detailed design package which will enable Council to secure funding to reopen Duck Creek Road and allow an alternative evacuation route and allow for preseason risk management activities like back burning in the future.




Building Resilience in the Agricultural South Burnett

South Burnett

This project will build and enhance the natural disaster resilience of the agricultural South Burnett through strategic support of agribusinesses, by facilitating partnerships, review and support of business operation, all by a collaborative approach to leading by effecting change and building capacity to establish long term stability.




New Seawall – Mooloolaba Foreshore Revitalisation Project

Sunshine Coast

This project will reconstruct 300 metres of the Mooloolaba foreshore seawall. It will protect the community’s public lands & private assets to meet future climate change impacts of rising sea levels, increased storm surge and coastal inundation.




Curry Kids Early Learning Centre – Emergency Generator


This project will prevent service disruption through the installation of a back-up generator during emergency events. In turn ensuring key workers are not removed from emergency response and children in the care of the centre can continue to be a refuge of safety for the children.




Setting an urban greening target for the Scenic Rim

Scenic Rim

This project delivers systemic risk reduction and community sustainability through case studies, understanding and raising heatwave risk awareness, policy improvements for land use and development, building preparedness and resilience to heatwaves, developing biodiverse local native species palettes, and create an evidence base for urban greening (including a target) as a nature-based solution.




Noosa Shire Council’s Noosa Beach Sea Wall Detailed Design


This project is a detailed design for a sea wall at Noosa Main Beach.




Toogoolawah (Dingyarra St) flood mitigation project


This project will deliver drainage improvements that will mitigate flooding to the impacted properties.




Chinaman Creek Dam – Monitoring and Early Warning Systems Project


This project will improve current monitoring and early warning systems to ensure assets are managed and associated risks are mitigated by Council. Ensuring a best practice response and preparedness activities can be laid out and communicated by council to the community.




Building Evacuation and Sheltering Capacity-Assessment of Places of Refuge


This project will ensure minimum evacuation and sheltering requirements are met by filling critical situational awareness gaps through updated assessments of places of refuge within the area.




The Burdekin Delta Community Disaster Shelters


This project will structurally upgrade Bur-Del’s disaster centre to meet Place of Refuge requirements, to construct a new 317m2 Cyclone Shelter, and to establish a Recovery Centre for ongoing disaster relief services following a natural hazard.




Regional Disaster Ready


This project will provide the tools, training, and support for community service organisations to improve their resilience. The project will also produce data that provides insight into key patterns, gaps, and opportunities to build regional and sector-wide resilience.




Reprofiling of Castorina Island, Lower Herbert River


This project will undertake the modelled Castorina Island reprofiling works to improve the waterway area available in the river channel for moderate and major flood events. The project will reduce the frequency of overbank flood breakouts into Cordelia and Macknade.




Generator Installations – Noosaville Depot, Tewantin Administration Building


This project will install back-up generators and repair current generators at three critical locations to the council’s disaster resilience.




Cool Urban Forests – Street Tree Planting Project

Sunshine Coast

This project will effectively double the existing street tree planting program to futureproof our communities against heat-related impacts. 




Power supply security at 3 essential services for community resilience


This project will increase power supply security at three essential services enabling enhanced community resilience and a strengthened community response.




Bluff Township Flood Mitigation Channel Construction

Central Highlands

This project will see construction take place on Council land to redirect floodwater away from the Capricorn Highway which will in turn build community resilience and reduce reliance on recovery efforts in the future.




Tide Valve and Gate Study


This project will determine the most suitable device and design to replace current infrastructure at the locations determined to be requiring upgrade. The project will ensure efficiency of council spending, and best practice of infrastructure upgrades.




South East Queensland Flood Resilience Program


This program will enhance energy security through increased resilience of high-risk power infrastructure and enhancing Energex’s response capability thereby allowing supply to come back on-line sooner if interrupted.




Laidley Disaster Ready Project (Flood) – Phase 1

Lockyer Valley

This project will create a multi-year program to complete the updated strategy and implement mitigation programs to improve the resilience of the township, surrounds, catchment, and regional linkages.




Detailed Design – Training Wall Levee


This project proposes an alternative levee upgrade which reduces the impact of floods on a community.




Crockatt Park Seawall Renewal

Moreton Bay

This project will build a new seawall to provide erosion protection and protect public and private infrastructure behind the seawall and improve safety along the foreshore.




Dohles Rocks (Griffin) Coastal Hazards Defence Business Case Development

Moreton Bay

This project will develop a business case to determine defence options for the Dohles Rocks community from multiple sources of flooding.




Flinders Parade Cliffs Protection

Moreton Bay

This project will protect the natural cliffs at Flinders Parade, Scarborough (Qld 4020), and landward public assets from persistent, slow erosion at the cliff base.




Bray Park - Leone Street - Drainage Construction

Moreton Bay

This project is a drainage upgrade project and will introduce additional drainage infrastructure to capture stormwater flows and more effectively discharge these, reducing flooding risks on the otherwise subjected properties.




Flood warning infrastructure resilience upgrades


This project will improve upon flood awareness infrastructure deficiencies that were identified by a number of the regions flood strategies.




Paroo Emergency Power


This project will install key hazard infrastructure to build emergency power capability at nine key locations within the shire to enable continuous operation of critical services during the instance of a disaster event.




Landslide and dam stability risk reduction via multiscale site monitoring


This project with major stakeholders aims to develop a three-tiered risk assessment and mitigation approach for slope failure, and dam stability.




Small Business Disaster Hub – Upgrade


This project will support the implementation of the Queensland Strategy for Disaster Resilience 2022-27 through an upgrade of the Small Business Disaster Hub by developing a proposal for continued maintenance and content creation on the hub as well as identify best way to provide information in languages other than English.




Coastal Protection Works-Karragarra Island


This project will deliver a seawall along the affected section of foreshore to enable reconstruction and protection of the road and the electrical infrastructure from further damage and provides long term projection from future erosion. This solution will provide the community with continued access to the rest of the Island as well as the ferry terminal and will reduce risk to their power supply.




Fitzroy River Barrage Raising Project Business Case Development


This project will engage an expert consultant to conduct the necessary technical studies and produce a business case for raising the Fitzroy River Barrage gate height by 500mm to protect against projected sea level rise.




Household Resilience Program

Mornington; Bundaberg; Yarrabah; Hinchinbrook; Lockhart River; Charters Towers; Livingstone; Mareeba; Gladstone; Pormpuraaw; Whitsunday; Napranum; Burdekin; Carpentaria; Cairns; Douglas; Kowanyama; Hope Vale; Mackay; Wujal; Tablelands; Torres; Aurukun; Rockhampton; Weipa; Townsville; Burke; Northern Peninsula Area; Mapoon; Cassowary Coast; Palm Island; Cook; Isaac

This program will initiate the next phase of the state household resilience program, enable continued retrofit solutions to support lowered insurance premiums to Queenslanders.




Advanced Communications Module on Disaster Dashboard


This project will deliver an advanced communication module on the Emergency Dashboard which will allow community to choose to engage with emergency updates and notification.




Evacuation Centre Emergency Generator


This project will deliver a permanent generator that will ensure emergency power is available for when the evacuation centre is in use during disaster events.




State-wide Disaster Ready Imagery


This project will improve the coverage and availability of Disaster Ready Imagery across Queensland.




Drainage Investigations Lee Ding Street Catchment


This project will investigate drainage solutions for high-risk areas that can be employed by council in the future.


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Northern Peninsula Area Place of Refuge

Northern Peninsula Area

This project will upgrade the New Mapoon multipurpose facility to meet cyclone standards and accommodate over 500 people with associated infrastructure and facilities ensuring a designated cyclone shelter or place of refuge significantly enhancing community safety during disaster events.




Cherbourg Disaster Early Warning System


This project will enable an early warning system in Cherbourg giving the community increased awareness and more time to prepare for future natural disasters. 


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Palm Island Cyclone Shelter (multi-purpose – community hall)

Palm Island

This project will deliver a multipurpose facility that will meet cyclone standards ensuring a designated cyclone shelter or place of refuge significantly enhancing community safety during disaster events.


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Pormpuraaw Aerodrome Upgrade


This project will increase pavement strength and improve airport drainage which in turn will improve the hazard immunity of the airstrip.


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Live Stream Flood Monitoring Cameras


The project will apply best practice knowledge for flood impact communication, to Brisbane City Council. The project will enhance preparedness and responsiveness to disaster events, increasing public awareness and safety.




*Final figures subject to schedule negotiations
Australian Capital Territory

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Cth Awarded Funding

Co-contribution (from jurisdiction or project delivery partner)

Total Project Cost

Flood Studies and Monitoring Systems


This project will support understanding and monitoring of the flood risk in the ACT and provide data to inform planning, emergency management and flood mitigation work.




Community Engagement, Education and Preparedness


This project will deliver community education resources and community engagement that help to improve community preparedness and resilience.




Disaster Recovery Mental Health and Wellbeing Resilience and Preparedness


This project will support enhancing mental health and wellbeing disaster resilience and preparedness in the ACT.




Ngunnawal Culture Enhancement and Protection at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve

Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve, Australian Capital Territory

This project will help to protect and preserve cultural sites and in-situ artifacts and objects from the impacts of natural disasters.




Developing a disaster-resilient investment framework for ACT Reserve assets


This project will set a framework to guide investment in resilient infrastructure to protect against the effects of climate change and disasters.




Lower Cotter Catchment source water protection

Cotter Dam, Australian Capital Territory

This project will ensure the future proofing of eroding landscapes and waterways to improve water quality entering the Cotter Dam.




Building Climate Resilient Visitor Infrastructure


This project supports climate change ready infrastructure within Canberra’s Nature Parks to allow safe passage for recreational users and emergency services personnel.




Infrastructure to mitigate urban flooding

Duffy and Narrabundah, Australian Capital Territory

This project will improve safety for the community from flood risk and contribute to reducing damage to public infrastructure.




Resilience Strategies for National Arboretum Canberra & Stromlo Forest Park

National Arboretum and Stromlo Forest Park, Australian Capital Territory

This project will support current and future land-use, program delivery and recreational offerings in the face of increased natural hazard threats and climate change impacts.




Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve Rim Trail

Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve, Australian Capital Territory

This project will establish a dual-purpose walking track/fire access trail that supports recreational activities as well as bushfire and environmental management activities.




Developing a Mass Care Strategy for the ACT


This project will develop a framework to support community needs and functioning during catastrophic disasters.




ACT Community Disaster Risk Knowledge Hub


This project will provide an online, publicly available knowledge hub, for sharing information with community on hazards and risk, risk reduction, building resilience and disaster preparedness and recovery.




Community and Country: A First Nations partnership to culturally based risk


This project will ensure that the ACT Government is working in partnership with First Nations peoples to reduce risk and enhance culturally led initiatives.




*Final figures subject to schedule negotiations
Western Australia

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Cth Awarded Funding

Co-contribution (from jurisdiction or project delivery partner)

Total Project Cost

Protective Fire Suppression and Low-Impact Fuel Load Reduction

Busselton; Augusta-Margaret River

This project will help to protect important tourism and economic resources in areas prone to high fire risks by installing fire suppression systems and utilizing low-impact cool burning methods inspired by the knowledge of Aboriginal traditional custodians.




Firewise Demonstration Landscape Protection Project

Mundaring; Swan; Chittering; Denmark; Nannup; Armadale; Augusta-Margaret River; Kalamunda

This project will empower individuals and communities to create fire resilient landscapes that will protect properties and potentially save lives.




Digital Fire Danger Rating Signage


This project will increase awareness and educate communities about potential fire danger by installing digital fire danger rating signs.




Upgrades to Boyup Brook Emergency Evacuation Centre

Boyup Brook

This project will support an upgrade to the Boyup Brook designated emergency evacuation centre, ensuring the centre is able to meet the needs of the both the local and surrounding communities during emergency events.




Enhancing Disaster Resilience and Climate Justice in Community Services

Edith Cowan University

This project focuses on creating and implementing tools and resources to assist the community services sector in Western Australia be more resilient to natural hazards and disasters.




Tilden Drive Bridge Improvements


This project will provide infrastructure along key access routes including Tilden Drive and the Tilden Drive Bridge that will be designed to be more resilient when impacted by natural hazards and disasters.




Virtual Reality Community Preparedness Strategy

Busselton; Boyup Brook; Augusta-Margaret River; Donnybrook-Ballingup; Bridgetown-Greenbushes; Manjimup; Nannup

This project will develop a virtual reality package that can simulate and highlight the risks and emotional, psychosocial impacts to community members who choose to "Stay and Defend" a property during bushfire. The project aims to significantly improve local resilience and preparedness for bushfires, build capability and strengthen local decision-making before a disaster.




Nabawa Recreation Centre Facility Redevelopment

Chapman Valley

This project will support the redevelopment of the Nabawa Recreation Centre Facility to ensure the community has access to suitable evacuation and welfare centre when faced with a natural disaster.




Family-Centred Disaster Resilience Gallery

Department of Fire and Emergency services

This project will establish a family-centred gallery experience that aligns with disaster resilience education principles, offering a reliable source of information about emergencies and disasters. The gallery experience at the Centre will serve as a valuable resource for promoting disaster preparedness and education in an engaging and accessible manner.




Airport Microgrid

Greater Geraldton

This project will integrate the Emergency Services Response sub-precinct of the Geraldton Airport Precinct into the renewable energy system microgrid that includes Uninterruptible Power Supply functionality.




Fire Behaviour Predictions and Advice


This project will create a standardized set of interagency processes, approved models, tools, and workflows for the development and application of fire spread predictions within Western Australia. The aim is to establish a consistent and coordinated approach across multiple agencies involved in fire management.




Stormwater Drainage Design for the Township of Cranbrook


This project will develop a Stormwater Drainage Design specifically for the township of Cranbrook that can effectively handle extreme storm runoff events, ensuring the safe and well-defined flow of water. By establishing robust stormwater drainage infrastructure, this can effectively manage both major and minor storm events in the township.




Drone Monitoring of At-Risk Coastal Areas Using Aboriginal Drone Operators

Rockingham; Dardanup; Mandurah; Harvey; Murray; Bunbury; Busselton; Capel; Waroona

This project will capture the intra-annual changes of the coastal terrain at the beach level to establish an effective risk management strategy that encompasses planning, development, and mitigation of extreme events along the coast. It will enable better decision-making and proactive measures to reduce the impact of coastal hazards.




Upgrading Fire History Datasets Using Fire Severity Dynamics

Kondinin; Albany; Lake Grace; Perth; Boddington; Kwinana; Kojonup; Kellerberrin; Bridgetown-Greenbushes; Capel; Peppermint Grove; Boyup Brook; Kent; Mosman Park; Katanning; Wanneroo; Subiaco; Wandering; Armadale; Bruce Rock; Bayswater; Narembeen; Wickepin; Kulin; Mundaring; Claremont; Cockburn; Swan; Plantagenet; Brookton; Tammin; Manjimup; Goomalling; Donnybrook-Balingup; Belmont; Beverley; Cuballing; Chittering; South Perth; Stirling; Dardanup; Denmark; Mandurah; Nannup; Gosnells; Broomehill-Tambellup; Bassendean; Melville; Merredin; Victoria Park; Serpentine-Jarrahdale; Busselton; Wagin; Wyalkatchem; Murray; Kalamunda; Collie; Canning; Waroona; Gnowangerup; Quairading; Ravensthorpe; West Arthur; Trayning; Harvey; Jerramungup; Vincent; Joondalup; Esperance; Pingelly; Fremantle; Cambridge; Gingin; Corrigin; Toodyay; Rockingham; East Fremantle; Cunderdin; Victoria Plains; Nungarin; Augusta-Margaret River; York; Narrogin; Cottesloe; Dowerin; Woodanilling; Northam; Dundas; Cranbrook; Dumbleyung; Williams

The project will upgrade current fuel hazard mapping, data and reporting systems to help inform bushfire response as well as planned mitigation activities.




Dumbleyung Emergency Evacuation Sites Power Back-Up Project


This project will establish fixed power generation back-up sources for two designated Evacuation Centres located within the Shire of Dumbleyung.





Cunderdin Evacuation Centre Upgrades

Shire of Cunderin

This project will upgrade the Cunderdin Evacuation Centre into a fully functional and standalone emergency evacuation centre with its own power and water supply. This will increase the resilience and preparedness of the Shire of Cunderdin during a natural disaster. 




South Caroling Bushfire Brigade Fire Water Supply


This project will enable the installation of a fire water supply south of the town of Quairading at the South Caroling Bushfire Brigade. This will be available for use during any fires south of Quairading.




General Practice Emergency Response Team


This project aims to define the role of general practice in the in the State Health Emergency Response Plan (SHERP). This will be achieved through consultation and co-design.




Strategic Safer Places – Eastern Torndirrup Peninsula


This project aims to identify appropriate sites known as Strategic Safer Places within The Torndirrup Peninsula. The objective is to provide a safe haven where individuals can seek refuge during emergencies when evacuation options have become limited.




Evacuation Centre Power Redundancy Project


This project will provide power redundancy to the Toodyay Recreation Centre to allow it to serve as the Local Government’s primary evacuation centre during disasters.




First and Last


This project will develop, test, evaluate and implement tools and processes that aid diverse community members with their personal and collective risks to climate and disaster events. By fostering a collaborative approach, the project aims to enhance community resilience and preparedness across the region.




City of Joondalup Bushfire Risk Reduction Project


This project will conduct comprehensive review of the City of Joondalup's Bushfire Risk Management Plan and implement strategies to mitigate the risk of bushfires, safeguarding the well-being and functioning of the local community, environment, and economy. Furthermore, the project will develop and deliver a Bushfire Community Education Program, aimed at raising awareness and educating the community about bushfire safety and preparedness. environment.




Non-crown Tenure, Public Land Bush Fire Mitigation


This project will carry out strategic activities aimed at remediation and preparation non-crown land areas that present a significant bushfire risk to assets and human life in The Shire of Toodyay.




*Final figures subject to schedule negotiations
South Australia

Project Title



Cth Awarded Funding

Co-contribution (from jurisdiction or project delivery partner)

Total Project Cost

Improving Resilience and Data Quality of Flood Monitoring

River Murray, Adelaide Metropolitan Area, and Mount Lofty Ranges

This project will upgrade water monitoring sites to ensure continuity of information to emergency services and the community during flood events.




Bushfire Management Planning and Reporting System (BMPRS)


The redevelopment of the Bushfire Management Planning and Reporting System (BMPRS) will represent an uplift in the state’s capability to reduce risk to the community.




Multi-agency Platform Development


This project will deliver a State-wide uplift to information sharing and decision making from the current manual process to a complete software system, allowing real-time multi-agency collaboration; bi-directional information exchange, and efficient tracking of data and resources to ensure faster responses, and better community advice and resilience.




Climate Ready Regions SA - Central Coordination


This project is to extend and expand on the Regional Climate Partnerships, including the development of a business case and program outline for a state-wide Climate Ready Regions (SA) Program.




Emergency Management State Strategic Risks


This project will identify and assess strategic risks within South Australia’s emergency management environment and recommend improved strategies, structures, and systems for ongoing management of those risks.




Bushfire Preparedness -Boandik, Meintangk, Portaruwutji and Southern Tang

Limestone Coast Region

This project will enable the purchase of equipment for the Burrandies fire crew, to undertake Fire Batement work on Aboriginal managed lands and on other land tenders.




All Hazards Emergency Management Mobile Care Centre


This project, delivered by SAVEM Inc, will build and commission a multifunctional bespoke vehicle to deploy state-wide in all phases of emergency management: prevention, preparedness, response, and recovery.




Enhanced Resilient Asset Delivery (ERAD) Program

Holdfast Bay; Marion; Onkaparinga; Mitcham

This project will develop, demonstrate, and embed multi-asset and multi-hazard risk and options and pathways assessment capabilities, methodologies, tools, and governance that underpin strategic place-based and values-informed resilience investment plans and fundable resilience investment cases.




Green Triangle Reducing Aerial Firefighting Risk Preparedness

Mount Gambier Regional Airport, Wandilo, District Council of Grant

This project will support the replacement of existing 1960’s built aerial water bombing water tanks to supply lifesaving firefighting protection to the region’s communities, and industries of national significance.




Improving Levee Bank Management

Gawler River Catchment and South Australian River Murray

This project will deliver targeted Gawler River levee bank improvements, and a process to agree on priority levee banks and levee bank works for the River Murray.




Forecasting Ground Displacements Future Earthquakes

Franklin Harbour, Cleve, Whyalla

This project will use geospatial data obtained from aerial vehicles satellites and field studies to map tectonically active faults near major infrastructure projects in South Australia.




Improved Flood Estimation for Risk Mitigation


This project will support the delivery of improved flood flow estimation and flood design for bridge and flood mitigation design. 




Upper Brown Hill Creek Capacity Upgrade – Forestville

City of Unley

This project will double the capacity of a section of Brown Hill Creek in Forestville. This will provide flood protection to almost 4,000 properties and critical services.




Smart Stormwater Infrastructure for Natural Hazard Risk Reduction

City of Mitcham

This project will create a demonstration site for innovative smart stormwater detention and controlled release infrastructure that combines flood risk reduction with cooling and greening outcomes through passive irrigation of reserves within the suburb of Pasadena.




Meakin Terrace Stormwater Catchment Flood Mitigation – Gleneagles Reserve

City of Charles Sturt

This project will aim to reduce the frequency of stormwater flooding, reduce the cost of damage, and improve liveability through the construction of a stormwater detention basin and improve flood mitigation in the sub catchment.




Upper Brown Hill Creek Capacity Upgrade – Hawthorn

City of Mitcham

This project will double the capacity of a section of Brown Hill Creek, upstream of Cross Road to provide flood protection to approx. 4,000 properties and critical services.




Climate Hazard Forecasting and Risk across SA Agricultural Zone

The Agricultural Zone of South Australia

This project will provide a fit-for-purpose digital elevation dataset to be used in existing fire and fuel, flood, ecosystem, and climate models to better understand risks and feasible risk reduction measures.




Flood Defence: Technical & Practical Lessons -River Murray Flood


This project will capture the lessons learned in South Australia, and facilitate input by peer organisations nationally, enabling effective responses nationally to the intensifying incidence and impact of flood events, climate volatility and medium-term climate change.




Naturally Brave by Growing with Gratitude (GWG), Bushfire Kids Connect and Makers Empire


South Australia Regional and metropolitan schools


This project will help young people understand disaster risk in their local community context and create a ‘disaster ready action plan’ responsive to their location using 3D technology and the design thinking problem solving methodology.




Protecting SA’s Food Bowl for the Future

Northern Adelaide Plains

This project will concentrate on five food production zones spanning four council regions. Field officers will collect data and conduct risk assessments for potential hazards. This data will be integrated into a web-based mapping software, enabling the sharing of location intelligence with emergency agencies and industry bodies.




Mobile Disaster Food Relief – The North & West

Eyre Peninsula, Yorke Peninsula and Far North.

This project will enable the supply of critical emergency food and grocery supplies for communities affected by disaster via an off-road Mobile Food Hub.




Flood/Tidal Protection - Globe Derby

City of Salisbury

This project will support the delivery of drainage works to improve protection to the community at Globe Derby from Dry Creek flood flows combined with high tidal conditions.




Encounter Bay Coastal Protection

City of Victor Harbor

This project will deliver a protection strategy for Franklin Parade (esplanade) from Fell Street to the Boat Ramp. This will detail the engineered protection measures required to protect against sea level rise and storm surges for public assets and amenities.




*Final figures subject to schedule negotiations
Northern Territory

Project Title



Cth Awarded Funding

Co-contribution (from jurisdiction or project delivery partner)

Total Project Cost

Enhanced Tri-service Communications in Regional & Remote Regions of the NT


This project will implement APX Next Generation radios across all regional and remote Police and Fire Stations in the NT to enhance communication capabilities. Territory-wide enhanced communications across the tri-service in emergency management responses.




NT-wide flood data management and storage system


This project will support accessibility and useability of relevant and timely flood data to support critical decision-making. It will provide a technical solution to enable the consistent and reliable sharing of flood data to end-users, and improve an understanding of flood risk across the Northern Territory.




National Highway Network – Flood Resilience Assessment


This project will assess the current flood resilience of the Northern Territory National Highways under a range of flooding scenarios. It will provide consolidated data and evidence that will inform future upgrades to increase flood resilience of the NT National Highways and better disaster response planning.




Structural Monitoring of Darwin Buildings Under Earthquake Loading

City of Darwin

The project will install instruments in a number of buildings in the city to monitor their response to large earthquakes in the region, to establish a real-world structural monitoring data set for Australia.




NTES Volunteer Community Engagement Course


This project will develop a training package so that NT Emergency Service volunteers can attain relevant skills to deliver community engagement programs across the NT, increasing capability to deliver flood, cyclone and storm education in remote communities across the NT.




Northern Territory Remote Aerodromes - Resilience Assessment


This project will assess the current resilience of 69 NT Government maintained remote aerodromes under a range of major disaster event scenarios. This will provide consolidated data and evidence that will inform future aerodrome upgrades to increase the resilience of 69 remote NT aerodromes and better disaster response planning.




NT Flood Warning Systems communications upgrade project



This project will support the ongoing operation of the flood warning system to ensure monitoring sites have the latest communications technology to communicate with the alerting system. An operational flood warning system ensures that Territorians get adequate warning and information about floods so they can protect their families, livestock and property.




Sustainable Disaster Relief Food Solutions in Northern Australia

Unincorporated NT; Tiwi Islands; Barkly; Roper Gulf; East Arnhem; West Arnhem; West Daly

This project will provide regional and remote infrastructure to coordinate the efficient distribution of food to communities in the event of a natural disaster. It will increase disaster resilience capacity and capability across the NT, with a particular focus on the provision of food relief for vulnerable people living in remote and isolated communities in times of disaster. 




Trial Satellite Internet Across Tri-service Communications Network


This project will trial satellite internet technology across the tri-service communications network and connectivity with drones to assess disaster sites to obtain critical incident information. This will enhance critical incident information capabilities for emergency management responses.




*Final figures subject to schedule negotiations

Project Title



Cth Awarded Funding

Co-contribution (from jurisdiction or project delivery partner)

Total Project Cost

Northern Region Climate Change Action Program

Eight Northern Tasmanian LGAs

This project seeks to increase will support 8 northern councils to address climate change by building a greater understanding of climate exposure and vulnerability to improve adaptive capacity.







Energy Security for the South Arm Community Evacuation Centre

Clarence, South Arm

This project will support the delivery of a more stable electricity supply to the South Arm Peninsula through solar power and battery storage and an NBN fixed disaster satellite service to decrease vulnerability in a high bushfire risk area.




Integrated Hazard Vulnerability Assessment


This project seeks to increase the City of Hobart’s capacity and capability to understand it’s communities’ exposure to climate risk and support the development of responses to mitigate exposure and build disaster resilience and adaptation pathways.




Supporting people at increased risk to prepare for flood for flood storms & bushfires


This project will provide targeted advice and assistance to people with disabilities and their service providers to assist them to prepare for bushfires, floods and storms.






This project will enhance the TasALERT platform with an Application to send push notifications to users across all Hazards.




Risk Information Portal – Tasmania (RIPT)


This project will deliver a Portal and linked tools and data to support consistent risk assessments based on core community lifelines and essential functions.




City of Hobart: Willow Removal Project


This project will support the investigation and removal of Crack Willow infestation through the City of Hobart’s waterways. It will deliver reduced risk through remediation and revegetation of effected waterways.




Preparing for the future and learning from the past


This project will implement an evidence-based, health focussed, online short course to help communities, including at risk cohorts such as those from CALD backgrounds, prepare for bushfires.




Enhancing landslide risk mitigation in Tasmania’s urban zones

Sorrell; West Tamar; Break O’Day

This project will combine skills and techniques used nationally and internationally with expertise at Mineral Resources Tasmania and UTAS to evaluate and optimise engineering techniques for landslide prone areas in the state.




A Natural Hazards Atlas for Tasmania: mapping natural hazards.


This project will support the delivery of an easy access online Natural Hazards Atlas which will contribute significantly to ensuring information required for adaptation and resilience planning is broadly accessible.




Interoperable Flood & Swift Water Response Project


This project will support the delivery of a Level 1 water and flood awareness training package to equip around 3000 TasPol, TFES, SES and associated volunteers with best practise flood water rescue training and skills.




Building Resilience to Flood in the Derwent Valley

Derwent Valley

This project will increase the resilience of the Derwent Valley in key catchments and address risk of flash flooding by implementing works on infrastructure to minimise the potential impact of flood events 




Emergency Response Trailer

Meander Valley

This project will deliver an emergency response trailer equipped with various response and recovery related resources will improve the council’s ability to react in a timely manner to emergency events.




Flood Intelligence & Early Warning Detection System


This project will develop an early warning detection system to provide live data and visual intelligence. This will address gaps identified during recent floods and is expected to allow more time for critical operational decisions.




Sheepwash Creek Flood Mitigation

Northern Midlands

This project will improve capacity for the catchment with culverts and bridges, which will greatly reduce the flood footprint in the area and remove most of the properties from the projected flood area.




Resource for Emergency Assistance Panel (REAP)


This project aims to identify what civil construction and specialist services may be required to support response and recovery activities in large scale disasters. Information will be used to establish a panel of service providers that can be drawn on by state and local government agencies to expedite service provision, whilst ensuring value for money and compliance with government procurement processes.




Tasmanian Climate Change Risk Assessment Supplementary Materials


This project will complement and enhance the baseline Tasmanian Climate Change Risk Assessment by producing supplementary materials and communication products tailored for specific stakeholders. 




Tasmanian All Hazards Notification System (TAHNS)


This project will support the development of a single, all-hazards notification system, which will support Tasmanian Emergency Service Organisations and industry partners through automation of notifications of impending hazards or existing incidents.




Flood intelligence predictive modelling capability


This project will integrate flood intelligence predictive modelling into the SES’ strategic flood modelling environment, operations and warning systems.




*Final figures subject to schedule negotiations


Frequently asked questions

What is the Disaster Ready Fund?

The Disaster Ready Fund (DRF) is the Australian Government’s flagship disaster risk reduction initiative which will provide up to $200 million per year to fund projects that reduce the risk or impact of natural hazards and disaster events.

The Australian Government is committed to investing in resilience initiatives to reduce the risk of disaster impacts and ensure that communities are in the best possible position for recovery when disaster does occur. This investment seeks to mitigate potential disaster loss and damage, it seeks to reduce harm, loss of life, property loss and the impacts on economic productivity and furthermore is cheaper than disaster response. For every dollar spent on disaster risk reduction, there is an estimated $9.60 return on investment.

Investing in resilience and risk reduction is a key priority outlined in the UN Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 and Australia’s National Disaster Risk Reduction Framework.

The DRF is intended to be an enduring fund, to provide all levels of government, external territories, as well as affected stakeholders, the certainty they need to plan for robust investments in resilience projects to reduce systemic disaster risk and the impacts of disasters predicated by natural hazards. For more information on the DRF, head to the home page or email

How much funding is available under DRF Round One 2023-2024?

Up to $200 million was available under DRF Round One for 2023-2024.

What kinds of projects could be funded under Round One 2023-2024?

Projects under DRF Round One 2023-24 could target a broad range of natural hazards, and could include:

(Stream 1) Infrastructure projects, such as investment in grey infrastructure; investment in green-blue infrastructure (including nature based solutions); investment in hazard monitoring infrastructure; and business case development for future infrastructure (including investigation, modelling, concept and detailed design activities).  

(Stream 2) Systemic risk reduction projects, such as supporting a better understanding of risk, through a better evidence base to understand and raise awareness of risk – to improve understanding of natural hazards and their potential impacts over time; strengthening decision making by enhancing governance networks and communities of practice, including the development and/or alignment of resilience and risk reduction strategies; adaptation projects that improve land use planning and development practice projects, including but not limited to the preparation of regional or local plans and updating land use planning instruments and building codes; projects that build the capacity and capability of businesses, community sector organisations and/or at-risk communities to improve their preparedness and resilience to the impacts of future disasters; and projects that enable and incentivise private investment in disaster risk reduction. For more information on eligible activities for Round 1 can be found in the DRF Guidelines.
What were the outcomes of Round One?

Round One applications were open from January 2023 until March 2023. Out of the over 300 applications received, the Australian Government has announced 187 projects will share in $200 million under Round One of the DRF in 2023-24. These projects provide DRF funding across all jurisdictions in Australia and include:   - almost $65 million of Commonwealth investment in 74 infrastructure projects;  - almost $84 million of Commonwealth investment for 74 systemic risk reduction projects; and  - over $51 million of Commonwealth investment for 39 projects that will deliver both infrastructure and systemic risk reduction outcomes.

Who could apply?

Australian states and territories with emergency management responsibilities were eligible to apply for funding in Round One 2023-24.

States and territories were expected to work with local governments and communities to identify suitable proposals.

Each state and territory nominated a lead agency. The lead agency was considered as an Applicant and had responsibility for coordinating proposals for their jurisdiction and submitting the applications to the National Emergency Management Agency.

How were applications assessed?

Applications were assessed against the eligibility criteria, as specified in the DRF Guidelines. Eligible applications proceeded to the assessment stage and were assessed by the DRF Assessment Panel. The Panel assessed applications against the selection criteria and provide applications with an overall rating.

The Minister for Emergency Management made the final decision on the projects to receive funding under the DRF.

Our application was successful – what are the next steps?

The state and territory lead agencies have been formally notified. Where applicable, lead agencies in each state and territory (list below), will be in touch with delivery partners to advise outcomes, provide feedback and seek input into next steps.

Once funding agreements have been co-signed by relevant ministers:
    • Commonwealth funds will be transferred to state and territory governments as soon as possible from July 2023.
    • Lead agencies will in turn be responsible for disbursing these funds to project partners, where applicable.
    • An Implementation Plan for each project will need to be developed and submitted to NEMA, via lead agencies, within three months of funding agreements being signed. A template for these plans will be agreed between NEMA and lead agencies as part of funding agreement negotiations.  
Once the projects commence:
    • Lead agencies will need to report on progress and outcomes through periodic performance reports, a final report and an audit report.
    • The content and frequency of these reports will be agreed between lead agencies and NEMA as part of funding agreement negotiations.


If you require further information or feedback on a successful project, NEMA recommends you contact the lead agencies in each state and territory (list below).

Our application was unsuccessful – why was this the case and can we reapply in Round Two?

Over 300 applications were submitted for Round One. Unfortunately not every project could be funded.

If you require further information or feedback on your unsuccessful project, NEMA recommends you contact the lead agencies in your state and territory (list below)

Planning for Round Two, which will provide up to $200 million in 2024-25, has commenced. Stakeholder consultations are scheduled to commence from mid-2023.

When will more funding be available under DRF?

Funding for Round Two will become available from 1 July 2024.

Round Two of the DRF will build on the experience and outcomes from Round One, as well as ongoing stakeholder engagement. Further timing information about Round Two will be released in the second half of 2023.

To receive updates on the progress of Round Two, please email


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