Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements

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The Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (known as DRFAWA) commenced as of 1 November 2018 and provide a range of measures designed to help those within disaster affected communities. 

As part of DRFAWA, 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.

For most disaster events, assistance measures include reimbursement grants for:

  • Professional advice
  • Freight subsidy
  • Fencing (for livestock producers only)
  • Expression of Interest for interest subsidy on a new loan to recover.

In some instances the disaster event may be deemed exceptional and special measures for recovery and clean-up may be invoked.

The DRFAWA is administered by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES). The primary producer assistance measures are administered by the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) on behalf of DFES. 

Activated events - Measures to Assist Primary Producers (Category B)

  • AGRN1082 Mariginiup Bushfire in WA (22 November 2023 onwards) - Grant closes on 27 May 2024
  • AGRN1113 Tropical Low and Associated Flooding in WA (21-27 January 2024) Category B - Grant closes at midnight on 30 June 2024

Activated events - Measures to Assist Primary Producers (Category D)

  • AGRN1044 TC Ellie & AGRN1059 TC Ilsa Primary Producer Recovery - Grant closes on 30 June 2024
  • AGRN1044 Ex TC Ellie and Associated Flooding - Environment, Heritage, and Culture Assets Flexible Grants Program - Grant open. Email our team for more information. 

For further information, including eligibility criteria, please refer to Measures to Assist Primary Producers or our Frequently Asked Questions

To apply for support under the Measures to Assist Primary Producers, applications must be submitted online at:

Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development, Western Australia (current rounds)

Contact us

For more information, please email RuralBusiness.DevelopmentUnit@dpird.wa.gov.au providing your contact details and we will respond to your enquiry.