​​​​​​Labour, Plant and Equipment Temporary Exemption​

​​Following the Flooding in Western Australia (January and February 2017) event, the Office of Emergency Management (OEM) applied to the Commonwealth government for an exemption to the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA). The proposal would enable local governments to use their own labour, plant and equipment when rebuilding essential public assets.

On 30 March 2017, following Tropical Cyclone Debbie, the Federal Minister for Justice, Hon Michael Keenan MP, announced the removal of restrictions around the use of local governments own plant and equipment when rebuilding essential public assets. Ho​wever, appropriate assurance arrangements would be required between the State and Commonwealth.

​​The OEM established a working group to develop supporting guidelines and templates to assist local governments meet the Commonwealth requirements.

The working group included representatives from WA Local Government Association, Main Roads WA (MRWA), Department of the Premier and Cabinet (DPC) and a CEO of one of the local governments.
The purpose of this new system is to enable cost effective and timely recovery of essential public assets, while keeping it administratively simple.

On 5 May 2017, Minister Keenan MP approved the exemption for Western Australia.

The temporary exemption includes a number of conditions that must be met by local governments in Western Australia. Key to these conditions is the need to provide assurance to the Commonwealth that local government labour, plant and equipment, in the recovery of essential public assets, provides value for money.


​Local Government ​Guide - August 2017

Temporary Framework for LGs reinstating assets

Damage Assessment and Scope of works template

Cost Estimate Build-up exam​ple​​ template

Example templates 

Example Temporary Framework for LGs Reinstating Assets

Example Shire T3 Job Costings

The guidelines and templates have been updated as at 15 September  2017. ​Please ensure you have the most current version. 

​For any queries: wandrra@oem.wa.gov.au.​​


​​Labour, plant and equipm​ent exemption FAQs

​​​​We understand the delay this may cause and we have communicated this to the Commonwealth and continue to work closely with them to resolve this matter.

It is important to note the following:
  • The framework, guidelines and templates have been drafted with the working group with the view to being as simple as possible. If users of these templates have feedback, comments or suggestions please let your local WANDRRA Main Roads representative know.
  • This is a temporary arrangement for events which have a WANDRRA activation. New arrangements are being discussed and drafted with the Commonwealth and it is proposed these arrangements will commence mid-2018.
  • The exemption relates to work being undertaken to recover essential public assets only.
  • Local governments will continue to work directly with MRWA when undertaking the damage assessment, developing estimates and processing payments.
  • MRWA will continue to liaise with the Western Australia National Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (WANDRRA) team to be reimbursed for all WANDRRA claims.​

If you have any queries regarding use of the templates please contact your local WANDRRA Main Roads representative.​

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