Natural Disaster Financial Assistance (NDFA)

Natural Disaster Financial Assistance (NDFA)
November 2013
Overview of the NDFA
• Assists in the recovery process & alleviates some of the
financial burden experienced following a natural
disaster including assistance to:
- municipal councils & Catchment Management Authorities
- Individuals & households (personal hardship grants);&
- Primary producers, small businesses & not-for-profit
organisations (Concessional loans & Clean up & Restoration
• Mirrors the joint State-Commonwealth Natural
Disaster Relief & Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA).
Eligible natural disasters
• Assistance is available for the following types of
- Bushfire, earthquake, flood, storm, cyclone, storm surge,
landslide, tsunami, meteorite strike or tornado
- Terrorism an additional inclusion in July 2010
• Non-natural disasters not eligible, including:
- Drought, frost, heatwave, epidemic, or events where human
activity is a significant contributing cause (for example, poor
environmental planning, commercial development, personal
intervention (other than arson), or accident)
Applying for financial assistance
• Councils can apply for assistance through:
- Claims (actual expenditure incurred); or
- Advance Payment requests
• The DTF website provides
- A flowchart on the Claims & Advance Payment processes; and
- Claim form
Claims Process
• Councils required to submit Claims for actual eligible
expenditure regularly to DTF with a copy to VicRoads
i.e. at least quarterly
• Expenditure is formally assessed by VicRoads
• Process generally takes 6 – 8 weeks subject to
complexity of claim
Claims process cont.
• All restoration works required to be completed within
the allowable time period of 2 years from the end of
the financial year in which the natural disaster
- i.e. the deadline for February/March & June 2012 flood repairs is
30 June 2014
• Allowable time period deadlines for NDRRA notified
events are provided at the following link:
• In exceptional circumstances, an extension may be
successful however, becoming harder to argue
Advance Payment process
• Where financial hardship can be demonstrated, an
advance payment may be requested to assist with cash
flow in commencing repair or restoration works.
• Requests should be addressed to Jillian Wyatt, DTF,
Level 9, 1 Macarthur Street, Melbourne 3002 & include
the full amount of the advance requested;
total estimated damage;
expected date works will be completed;
event & outline of the natural disaster; &
the balance remaining of previous advance (if
Advance Payment process cont.
• Advance payment requests subject to internal DTF
approval & DTF Secretary sign-off
• Councils will receive confirmation of advance
payments approved
• Justification Claims (offsetting against the advance) are
required to be submitted to DTF on a regular basis –
with a copy to VicRoads to speed up the process
• VicRoads will then undertake formal assessment of
expenditure as per the normal claims process
Eligible costs which Councils can claim
• Certain counter disaster operations, including repairs
to facilities damaged by counter disaster operations
• The restoration & emergency protection works to
essential public assets damaged as a direct result of a
natural disaster. Restoration is only to pre-existing
condition using current engineering & design standards
• Some additional operational costs mainly associated
with the establishment of a:
- Municipal Emergency Coordination Centre (MECC);
- Relief centre; and/or
- Recovery centre
Restoration of Essential Public Assets
• Definition under the NDRRA recently narrowed to:
- An integral & necessary part of the State’s infrastructure
associated with health, education, transport, justice or welfare
• Eligible assets include:
- Road & bridge infrastructure, footpaths, levees, local government
offices & storm water infrastructure
• Sporting & community facilities, religious
establishments & memorials now generally excluded
• Assets need to be owned by the council
• Eligibility issues should be directed to Donna Kennedy,
DTF, in the first instance
Notification of Events
• Councils should advise Donna Kennedy, DTF, of:
- damage to essential public assets or that they are
undertaking counter disaster activities or establishing a
MECC, Relief or Recovery Centre, as soon as possible
following a natural disaster event
- Any revisions to damage estimates including project
management costs
Ineligible costs
• Normal maintenance & administration costs including
salaries, day labour costs & other ongoing
administrative type expenditure which would have
been incurred even if the natural disaster had not
• Costs associated with restoring natural vegetation,
natural banks, streams, rivers, beaches & undeveloped
• Costs incurred in mitigating, restoring or replacing an
asset to a more disaster resilient level or higher level of
service (unless otherwise agreed)
Lessons Learned over the past three years!
• Engage with DTF & local VicRoads officers as soon as
possible after an event
• Communicate with DTF & local VicRoads officers
regularly on eligibility issues, i.e. alerting DTF when an
advance payment is needed urgently to assist council
with cash flow
• Organise your procurement process
• Develop clear systems to assist with the collection of
eligible costs
More Lessons Learned
• Prioritise repair works to meet the allowable time
period i.e. hire additional external project
manager/engineers & establishing a Flood Repair
• Clear communication between the MERO, Engineering
and Finance teams, and CEO
• Seek advice from other experienced Councils
• Submit regular claims to DTF at least quarterly
NDFA/NDRRA – future expectations
• More reporting to Commonwealth including
evidence of public acknowledgement
• NDRRA Review of Insurance Arrangements –
provision of essential public asset registers and
detail around insurance arrangements to DTF by
Councils (December 2013/January 2014)
Further information
• Website
• Email address:
[email protected]
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