The Territory's approach to disaster recovery

The Territory has a coordinated approach in responding to natural disasters where  Government agencies and local councils work together to help the community recover, through a set of predetermined relief and recovery measures. The Commonwealth, through Emergency Management Australia also contributes to the Territory's recovery in the form of partial reimbursement under the Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements.

Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements

The DRFA is jointly funded by the Commonwealth and Territory governments and is  designed to share the cost of relief assistance and help communities to recover  following an eligible disaster event.

A natural disaster or terrorist event is a serious disruption to a community or region caused by the impact of a rapid-onset event that threatens or causes death, injury or  damage to property or the environment and requires significant and coordinated  multi-agency and community response. It is one or a combination of the following:

StormCycloneStrom surge
LandslideTsunamiMeteor strike
TornadoTerrorist act 

Events where human activity is a significant contributing cause (for example, poor
environmental planning, commercial development) are not considered disasters under the DRFA.

Relief measures activated under the DRFA are determined by the nature and  severity of the event, the extent of the damage incurred, the capacity of the community to return to normal and the personal hardship experienced by those directly affected. Relief measures are not regarded as compensation and would not generally be available where adequate insurance may be available—relief measures are not a substitute for insurance.

Last updated: 15 July 2019


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