​​​​​​​​​​Other financial assistance

 

Prevention and Preparedness

 

​​Emergency Services Levy (ESL)


The Emergency Services Levy (ESL) funds Western Australia’s (WA) fire and emergency services, including Career and Volunteer Fire & Rescue Service brigades, multi-purpose Volunteer Emergency Services units, bushfire services including the aerial firefighting fleet and the new Rural Fire Division, the South West RAC Rescue Helicopter Service, State Emergency Service (SES) units and the Volunteer Marine Rescue Service.

ESL funding supports approximately 799 dedicated emergency service groups comprising 1,623 career firefighters and support staff, and over 26,000 volunteers.

Since the ESL was introduced in 2003, WA's fire and emergency services have dramatically improved, particularly in regional and remote areas thanks to the provision of new equipment provided for volunteer groups.

The ESL benefits all West Australian’s as emergency response involves a cohesive approach from across the state.  Information is communicated via the DFES website.


Response​


According to State EM Policy section 5.12,  the emergency management agency with operational control of any resource is responsible for payment of all related expenses associated with its operation during emergencies, unless other arrangements are established. Agencies that have assisted in responses to emergencies may be eligible for reimbursement of some expenses. Funding arrangements for emergencies are dependent on the situation and based on criteria detailed in the document, Criteria for meeting costs associa​ted with emergencies.  ​

Criteria for meeting costs associated with emergencies


​Relief and Recovery​

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The Disaster Recovery Payment (DRP) is a one-off, non-means tested payment of $1000 for eligible adults and $400 for eligible children who have been adversely affected by a major disaster either in Australia or overseas. The DRP is activated when the impact of a disaster on individuals and families requires Australian Government assistance, in addition to that provided under standard recovery assistance.

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Disaster Recovery Allowance

The Disaster Recovery Payment (DRP) is a one-off, non-means tested payment of $1000 for eligible adults and $400 for eligible children who have been adversely affected by a major disaster either in Australia or overseas.

DRP is activated when the impact of a disaster on individuals and families requires Australian Government assistance, in addition to that provided under standard recovery assistance.

Each disaster is different and as a result the timing and nature of additional levels of assistance varies from disaster-to-disaster and community-to-community. DRP assists with the short-term recovery needs of the community.

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​​​Lord Mayor's Distress Relief Fund


The Lord Mayor's Distress Relief Fund was established in 1961 to provide relief of personal hardship and distress arising from natural disasters occurring within Western Australia. The perpetual fund is a registered charitable body and has approval of the Australian Taxation Office for tax deductibility of contributions.