The new Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements have commenced and are referred to as the DRFA-WA in Western Australia. The new arrangements replace WANDRRA (Western Australia Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements), applying to all disaster events from 1 November 2018 providing a range of eligible measures designed to help those within disaster affected communities.
Disaster events proclaimed under WANDRRA (up to 31 October 2018) will continue to be administered under the NDRRA until 2020.
As part of DRFS-WA, relief measures are available to assist in meeting the needs of primary producers whose assets or primary production business has/have been affected by a disaster for which the DRFA have been invoked.
Assistance is not provided as compensation for damage/losses sustained, or as a disincentive to self help by way of commercial insurance and/or other appropriate strategies of disaster mitigation. Support is offered on an as needs basis.
Assistance measures include:
- Professional advice grant (reimbursement of fees)
- Interest rate subsidy
- Freight subsidy
- Fencing reimbursement
- Other measures
Applicants will be required to meet eligibility criteria.
The DRFA-WA is administered by Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES). The primary producer assistance measures are administered by the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) who can be contacted on 1800 198 231. DFES can be contacted by calling +61 (0)8 9395 9341 or +61 (0)8 9395 9973.
Further information is available from the information notes in the documents section of this page. Also refer to DRFA-WA page on the DFES website.
How to apply
To apply for support, an application should be submitted online, together with suppliers' invoices, evidence of payment and a tax invoice to Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development using the Department's online Grant Management System by the specified date for each event.