Categories of Assistance

Category A – Assistance for Individuals and Families

Category A assistance measures provide individuals and families 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 to be regarded as 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:

  • 5.2.1 a) emergency food, clothing or temporary accommodation;
  • 5.2.1 b) repair or replacement of essential items of furniture and personal effects;
  • 5.2.1 c) essential repairs to housing, including temporary repairs and repairs necessary to restore housing to a habitable condition;
  • 5.2.1 d) demolition or rebuilding to restore housing to a habitable condition;
  • 5.2.1 e) removal of debris from residential properties to make them safe and habitable;
  • 5.2.1 f) extraordinary counter disaster operations;
  • 5.2.1 g) personal and financial counselling;
  • 5.2.1 h) extraordinary costs associated with the delivery of any of the above forms of assistance.

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.

For Current Events please refer to the information provided under the name of the event.

Category B – Assistance for Small Businesses, Non-Profit Organisations and Primary Producers

Category B assistance measures are for the restoration or replacement of essential public assets and assistance to eligible small businesses, non-profit organisations, primary producers and individuals as a result of an eligible natural disaster.

An essential public Asset is an asset of an eligible undertakingthat the state considers and the department agrees:

  • is an integral and necessary part of the state’s infrastructure that is associated with health, education, transport, justice or welfare;
  • would, if lost or damaged, severely disrupt the normal functioning of a community; and
  • would, if lost or damaged, be restored or replaced as a matter of urgency.

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

A Category B assistance measure is one of the following:

  • 5.3.1 a) restoration or replacement of an essential public asset;
  • 5.3.1 b) betterment of an essential public asset (currently unavailable);
  • 5.3.2 c) concessional interest rate loan to small businesses and primary producers of which assets have been significantly damaged;
  • 5.3.1 d) concessional interest rate loan to a needy individual or non-profit organisation of which assets have been significantly damaged.
  • 5.3.1 e) concessional interest rate loan to a small business, primary producer or a non-profit organisation that has suffered a significant loss of income;
  • 5.3.1 f) interest rate subsidy to small businesses or primary producers of which assets have been significantly damaged;
  • 5.3.1 g) interest rate subsidy to a small business, primary producer or a non-profit organisation that has suffered a significant loss of income;
  • 5.3.2 h) freight subsidy to primary producers of which assets have been significantly damaged;
  • 5.3.1 i) grant to a needy individual or non-profit organisation of which assets have been significantly damaged;
  • 5.3.1 j) counter-disaster operations for the protection of the general public.

Not all options are activated for every disaster and not all available options have been activated by the Territory for past events.

Concessional Interest Rate Loans

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 eligible natural disasters. Assistance is only available following approval by the Treasurer.

These concessional loans are targeted at those in the community who are unable to resume viable business operations without this assistance and they must have exhausted all other commercial avenues for assistance (including insurance). The extent of loan assistance is based on a careful assessment of the applicant’s financial position including any insurance recoveries.

  • Maximum loan for any applicant enterprise is $100 000.
  • The term of the loan is 3 to 7 years with interest at a concessional rate. The current interest rate for 2015-16 is 2.15 per cent.

Information for applicants and application forms are attached below. Information for assessors can be requested by Territory Government agencies directly by emailing ndrra@nt.gov.au.

To enquire about concessional interest rate loans for small businesses and non-profit organisations 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.

Primary Producers – Freight Subsidy

The grant reimburses a maximum of 50 per cent of the costs to the producer for transporting livestock, fodder or water for livestock, and building or fencing equipment or machinery. The subsidy is not applicable to the cost of purchasing any of these items.

Receipts of expenditure of freight costs incurred are required to be provided before any reimbursement is made.  If the freight subsidy is implemented it will be administered by the Department of Trade, Business and Innovation.

Category C - Community Recovery Package

A Category C measure is a community recovery package designed to support a holistic approach to the recovery of regions, communities or sectors severely affected by a disaster and can only be activated with the approval of the Prime Minister.

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

The package may comprise one or more of the following:

  1. A community recovery fund in circumstances where a community is severely affected and needs to restore social networks, community functioning and community facilities. Expenditure from the fund is aimed at community recovery, community development and community capacity building, and is administered by the state in close collaboration with local government or other community bodies.
  2. Recovery grants for small businesses and non-profit organisations where the business sector is severely affected and the community risks losing essential businesses. Grants are aimed at covering the cost of clean-up and reinstatement, but not at providing compensation for losses.

    To enquire about recovery grants for small businesses and non-profit organisations please contact the Department of Trade, Business and Innovation or call 1800 193 111.

  3. Recovery grants for primary producers where the farming sector is severely affected, with threats to viability and disruption of production likely to extend beyond the current season. Grants to primary producers are aimed at covering the cost of clean-up and reinstatement, but not at providing compensation for losses.

    To enquire about recovery grants for primary producers please contact the Department of Primary Industry and Resources or call (08) 8999  5511.

Not all options are activated for every disaster and not all available options have been activated by the Territory for past events.

Information for assessors can be requested by Territory Government agencies directly by emailing ndrra@nt.gov.au.

Last updated: 03 April 2018