​​​​​​​Other financial assistance


Prevention and Preparedness


National Emergency Management Projects (NEMP)

​​​The NEMP program is overseen by the Australia-New Zealand Emergency Management Committee (ANZEMC) and managed by the Attorney-General's Department (ADG). The NEMP program funds EM projects of national significance and that support the implementation of the National Strategy for Disaster Resilience (NSDR). These grants are designed to improve the ability to prevent, prepare, respond to and recover from disasters across social, economic, environmental and governance elements.   


​​Emergency Services Levy (ESL)

The ESL funds Western Australia's Fire and Emergency services, State Emergency Service units, the Volunteer Marine Rescue Service and the Volunteer Emergency Service units.  Revenue for the ESL is sourced via a levy applied to every WA homeowner with the annual Council rates notice.  This program is managed by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) and funding supports approximately 770 dedicated emergency service groups comprising 1,400 career firefighters and support staff, and over 29,000 volunteers.  Information is communicated via the DFES website.

National Bushfire Mitigation Program (NBMP)

The 'Are You Ready?'​ grants are aimed at enhancing bushfire risk mitigation throughout the state. They are funded through the National Bushfire Mitigation Program (NBMP), which is a partnership between the Western Australian (WA) and Commonwealth Governments. The Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) is responsible for distributing funds in WA via an open competitive grants process.



Emergency Management Agencies undertaking emergency response activities, particularly multiagency emergencies, often incur significant unforeseen costs. Some of these costs are directly related to agencies’ core functions and programs while other costs may be associated with the provision of services and resources in support of Controlling Agencies.

In addition, private organisations, because of their expertise and resources, may be called upon to support Controlling Agencies at some cost. Agencies that have assisted in the response to emergencies may be eligible for reimbursement of some expenses.

Funding arrangements for emergencies are dependent on the situation and based on certain criteria as per the document below.

Criteria for meeting costs associated with emergencies



Relief and Recovery


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.


Disaster Recovery Allowance

The Disaster Recovery Allowance (DRA) is a short-term income support payment to assist individuals who can demonstrate their income has been affected as a direct result of a disaster. When available, the DRA assists employees, small business persons and farmers who experience a loss of income as a direct result of a disaster event. It is payable for a maximum of thirteen weeks from the date at which a customer has, or will have, a loss of income as a direct result of a disaster. The DRA is taxable.


​​​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.