Western Australia Natural Disaster ​Relief and Recovery Arrangements (WANDRRA)​


​Activated Events


The Western Australia Natural Disaster Relief​ and Recovery Arrangements​ (WAN​​DRRA) is jointly funded by the State and Commonwealth Governments and administered by the Office of Emergency Management (OEM), with assistance from other agencies. Through WANDRRA, the Western Australian and Commonwealth Governments provide help to people who have suffered the direct impact of a proclaimed event/act.

Assistance is provided via a range of relief measures to assist communities to recover from an eligible natural disaster event (including bushfire, earthquake, flood, storm, cyclone, storm surge, landslide, tsunami, meteorite strike and tornado) or terrorism act. 

The Office of Emergency Management will activate WANDRRA if:

  • ​​​it is one of the natural disaster events listed above, or a ​terrorism act; and​​
  • ​​​​​the anticipated cost of eligible measures will exceed $240,000.

Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements

The new Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements were released by the Commonwealth on Friday 8 June 2018. 

The new arrangements were due to commence on 1 July 2018, however this has now been revised and the arrangements are to commence on 1 November 2018. 

The new arrangements are being reviewed to determine the impact on the current systems and processes and to develop the necessary guidelines, templates and supporting information. 

The new arrangements must be reviewed and endorsed by the State Government.

The WANDRRA team, currently part of the Office of Emergency Management, will be located with the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) as of 1 July 2018. 

Work continues including consulting with stakeholders, progressing the arrangements through the State approval processes and supporting the implementation of these new arrangements. 

If you have any queries regarding the new arrangements please do not hesitate to contact Katherine Clarke on 6551 4006 or at drfawa@dfes.wa.gov.au

Alternatively, for all current WANDRRA queries, please contact Graham Capper (6551 4034) or Terry Asher (6551 4041) or at wandrra@oem.wa.gov.au.

Please note: from 1 July 2018 the Office of Emergency Management will no longer exist and will be integrated into the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES). As a result, new email addresses will reference DFES and all WANDRRA related contacts will transition to a DFES address from 1 July 2018.​


Rev​​ised NDRRA Determination


A revised Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA) Determination has been provided to the State, effective as at 1 July 2017. The changes to this Determination are not considered significant, click h​ere to view the full NDRRA Determination 2017.

A brief overview of the key changes is provided below:

Definition and administrative changes – There are updated definitions and clarity around some conditions, including what constitutes an eligible undertaking, requirements for the State to notify the Federal Minister for all EP​A projects and additional evidence required for Essential Public Asset Repair and Restoration.

State record keeping and evidence required to support a State's c​​​laim has been updated and is far more comprehensive than the 2012 version 2 Determination.

Category A measures have been updated and far greater detail is provided in Schedule 1 of the 2017 Determination.

Counter Disaster Operations has changed and fr​om 2017 will not apply to essential public assets. Counter disaster operations relates to the protection of the general public, for example sandbagging. Full details are provided in Guideline 2 of the 2017 Determination.

NDRRA Determination 2017

​​​NDRRA Determination - 2017 - Guideline 1 - EPA Restoration

NDRRA Determination 2017 - Guideline 2 - Counter Disaster Operations

NDRRA Determination 2017 - Guideline 3 - Category C Interim Assessment Framework​

Day labour, plant and equipme​​nt exemption

Due to restrictions around the use of local government resources, Western Australia successfully applied for an exemption. 

Learn more about the exemption / access the templates



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​Who can receive W​​​ANDRRA assistance?​

The relief measures are intended to provide assistance for the recovery of communities an​d are available for:

If you consider you have been affected by an eligible natural disaster, select the​ relevant link above for further infor​mation (including information regarding Eligibility Criteria and/or Means Testing).

 If you need help in deciding if you qualify for any assistance please contact the administrators on (08) 6551 4034 or (08) 6551 4041​, or by email to WANDRRA@oem.wa.gov.au.

What​ does WANDRRA not cover:

 It is important to note that WANDRRA does not provide:

  • Compensation for losses suffered
  • Assistance where adequate insurance could have been obtained. Insurable assets such as houses and vehicles are not eligible under WANDRRA
  • Assistance for losses incurred as a result of:​​​
  • Drought​​
  • Frost
  • Heatwave
  • Epidemic
  • Events where human activity is a significant contributing cause including poor environmental planning, commercial development, personal intervention (other than arson), or accident.

W​ANDRRA De​​​finitions and Interpretation


Download the WANDRRA Definitions and Interpretation PDF 80 KB​