Natural disaster relief and recovery

The Department of Local Government and Community Services administers grants to local government bodies for the recovery of local government assets and services after a natural disaster or emergency.

These grants are called natural disaster relief and recovery arrangements (NDRRA).

Financial assistance is subject to funding availability.

There is no longer a need for a state of emergency or state of disaster to be declared for applications for assistance to be considered.

If the Northern Territory (NT) has incurred total expenditure after a disaster or event of $240,000 or more then relief and recovery arrangements can be instigated.

Councils are encouraged to ensure they maintain all local government services where possible and this may include substantial recovery work after a natural disaster.

All claims provided to the department by councils will be considered on a case by case basis in collaboration with NT Treasury and the Federal Government.


Sample flood damage reports

Natural disaster emergency planning key contacts

This list has contact information for local governments about key contacts in Central Australia, Barkly, Big Rivers, Darwin/ Arafura and Arnhem Land.

Download the natural disaster emergency planning key contact list (70.7 kb).

Contact details

Phone: (08) 8924 3644

Last updated: 24 April 2017