The Territory has a coordinated approach to responding to natural disasters where Government agencies and councils work together to help the community recover through a set of predetermined relief and recovery measures.

The Commonwealth, through Emergency Management Australia, also contributes to the Territory's recovery in the form of partial reimbursement under a program called the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA). To find out what relief measures you may be eligible for, refer to the Agencies Providing Assistance page.

Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA)

The NDRRA is jointly funded by the Commonwealth and Territory governments and was designed to share the cost of relief and assistance and help communities to re-establish following an eligible natural disaster.

An eligible natural disaster is a serious disruption to a community or region caused by the impact of a naturally occurring rapid-onset event that threatens or causes death, injury or damage to property or the environment and requires significant and coordinated multi-agency and community response, and is one, or a combination of the following: bushfire, earthquake, flood, storm, cyclone, storm surge, landslide, tsunami, meteorite strike or tornado.

Events where human activity is a significant contributing cause (for example, poor environmental planning, commercial development, personal intervention (other than arson) or accident) are not natural disasters under the NDRRA Determination 2012 Version 2.

Relief and assistance includes restoration of the Territory's essential public assets, providing immediate personal hardship and distress assistance to individuals and families and alleviating the financial burden of costs incurred by certain businesses, primary producers, voluntary non-profit organisations and councils.

The Territory is responsible for the administration of its relief measures and, consequently, the details of disaster assistance available may vary between states and territories due to eligibility criteria, amount of assistance and administrative processes.

Relief measures activated are determined by the nature and severity of the event, the extent of the damage incurred, the capacity of the community to return to normal and the personal hardship experienced by those directly affected. Relief measures are not regarded as compensation and would not generally be accessible where adequate insurance may be available (relief measures are not a substitute for insurance).