Categories of Assistance

Category A – Assistance for Individuals

Category A assistance measures provide individuals with personal hardship and distress  assistance following an eligible natural disaster.

Individuals may receive government assistance to help alleviate personal hardship or  distress as a direct result of a natural disaster depending on their circumstances.

Relief measures provided are not compensation and are not provided as a substitute to  insurance.

A Category A measure is one of the following forms of emergency assistance to individuals:

  • a) emergency food, clothing or temporary accommodation
  • b) repair or replacement of essential items of furniture and personal effects
  • c) essential repairs to housing, including temporary repairs and repairs necessary to restore housing to a habitable condition
  • d) demolition or rebuilding to restore housing to a habitable condition
  • e) removal of debris from residential properties to make them safe and habitable
  • f) extraordinary counter disaster operations
  • g) personal and financial counselling
  • h) the employment of a Community Recovery Officer.

To enquire about assistance for individuals and families, and communities in general, contact Territory Families on (08) 8999 2908.

In some instances, where the impact of the disaster is severe, Centrelink may also provide assistance on behalf of the Commonwealth.

Category B – Assistance to the state and local governments

A Category B assistance measure is one of the following:

  • a) counter disaster operations for the protection of the general public
  • b) emergency works for essential public assets
  • c) immediate reconstruction works for essential public assets
  • d) essential public asset reconstruction works for which the state develops an estimated reconstruction cost in accordance with these arrangements
  • e) concessional interest rate loan to small businesses or primary producers whose assets have been significantly damaged as a direct result of an eligible disaster
  • f)  concessional interest rate loan to needy individuals or non-profit  organisations whose assets have been significantly damaged as a direct result of an eligible disaster
  • g) concessional interest rate loan to small businesses, primary producers or non-profit organisations that have suffered a significant loss of income as a direct result of an eligible disaster
  • h) interest rate subsidy to small businesses or primary producers whose assets have been significantly damaged as a direct result of an eligible disaster
  • i)  interest rate subsidy to needy individuals or non-profit organisations whose assets have been significantly damaged as a direct result of an eligible disaster
  • j)  interest rate subsidy to small businesses, primary producers or non-profit  organisations that have suffered a significant loss of income as a direct result of an eligible disaster
  • k) freight subsidy to primary producers whose assets have been significantly damaged
  • l) grant to needy individuals or non-profit organisations whose assets have been significantly damaged as a direct result of an eligible disaster.

Registering Categories of Assistance

Not all measures are activated for a disaster and agencies should liaise with DTF to  determine appropriate measures as soon as possible for activation with the  Commonwealth.

The Commonwealth reimburses the Territory up to 50 per cent for eligible Category A measures and up to 75 per cent for eligible Category B measures each year, based on the Territory’s annual claim and subject to certain thresholds.

Concessional Interest Rate Loans

Category B concessional interest rate loans are designed to assist in meeting the needs of industry and small businesses to re-establish operations on a viable basis following the effects of disaster events. This type of assistance is only available following application by  an agency and approval by the Treasurer to activate this measure.

Concessional loans are targeted at those in the community who are unable to resume viable business operations without assistance and all other commercial avenues for  assistance, including insurance, must be exhausted. The interest rate on concessional loans is calculated each year based on the Commonwealth 10 year Treasury bond rate and the cost of establishing loan arrangements, where applicable.

To enquire about concessional interest rate loans for small businesses and non-profit organisations due to a disaster event please contact the Department Trade, Business and Innovation or call 1800  193  111. To enquire about concessional interest rate loans for primary producers please contact the Department of Primary Industry and Resources or call (08) 8999 5511.

Category C - Community Recovery Package

Category C measures are activated as a community recovery package that is intended to support a holistic approach to the recovery of regions, communities or sectors severely affected by an eligible disaster, and may comprise of one or more of the following:

  • a) a community recovery fund - where a community is severely affected and needs to restore social networks, community functioning and community facilities
  • b) recovery grants for small businesses and non-profit organisations - where the business sector is severely affected
  • c) recovery grants for primary producers - where the farming sector is severely affected.

Category C assistance requests must be made by the Territory in writing to the Prime Minister for consideration and approval.

A Category D measure is an act of relief or recovery carried out to alleviate distress or damage in circumstances which are, in the opinion of the Commonwealth, exceptional.

Category D assistance must be made by Territory in writing to the Prime Minister for consideration and approval.

Last updated: 29 April 2019