Category B assistance measures are for the restoration or replacement of essential public assets and assistance to eligible small businesses, non-profit organisations, primary producers and individuals as a result of an eligible natural disaster.

An essential public Asset is an asset of an eligible undertaking that the state considers and the department agrees:

  • is an integral and necessary part of the state’s infrastructure that is associated with health, education, transport, justice or welfare;
  • would, if lost or damaged, severely disrupt the normal functioning of a community; and
  • would, if lost or damaged, be restored or replaced as a matter of urgency.

Relief measures provided are not to be regarded as compensation and are not provided as a substitute for insurance.​

A Category B assistance measure is one of the following:

  • 5.3.1 a) restoration or replacement of an essential public asset;  

  • 5.3.1 b) betterment of an essential public asset (currently unavailable);

  • 5.3.2 c) concessional interest rate loan to small businesses and primary producers of which assets have been significantly damaged;

  • 5.3.1 d) concessional interest rate loan to a needy individual or non-profit organisation of which assets have been significantly damaged.

  • 5.3.1 e) concessional interest rate loan to a small business, primary producer or a non-profit organisation that has suffered a significant loss of income;

  • 5.3.1 f) interest rate subsidy to small businesses or primary producers of which assets have been significantly damaged;

  • 5.3.1 g) interest rate subsidy to a small business, primary producer or a non-profit organisation that has suffered a significant loss of income;

  • 5.3.2 h) freight subsidy to primary producers of which assets have been significantly damaged;

  • 5.3.1 i) grant to a needy individual or non-profit organisation of which assets have been significantly damaged;

  • 5.3.1 j) counter-disaster operations for the protection of the general public.

Not all options are activated for every disaster and not all available options have been activated by the Territory for past events.  

Concessional Interest Rate Loans

Concessional interest rate loans are designed to assist in meeting the needs of industry and small businesses to re-establish operations on a viable basis following the effects of eligible natural disasters. Assistance is only available following approval by the Treasurer.

These concessional loans are targeted at those in the community who are unable to resume viable business operations without this assistance and they must have exhausted all other commercial avenues for assistance (including insurance). The extent of loan assistance is based on a careful assessment of the applicant’s financial position including any insurance recoveries.

  • Maximum loan for any applicant enterprise is $100 000.
  • The term of the loan is 3 to 7 years with interest at a concessional rate. The current interest rate for 2015-16 is 2.15 per cent.

Information for applicants and application forms are attached below. Information for assessors can be requested by Territory Government agencies directly by emailing ndrra@nt.gov.au.

To enquire about concessional interest rate loans for small businesses and non-profit organisations please contact the Department Trade, Business and Innovation or call 1800​ 193​ 111. 

To enquire about concessional interest rate loans for primary producers please contact the Department of Primary Industry and Resources or call (08) 8999 5511. 

Primary Producers – Freight Subsidy

The grant reimburses a maximum of 50 per cent of the costs to the producer for transporting livestock, fodder or water for livestock, and building or fencing equipment or machinery. The subsidy is not applicable to the cost of purchasing any of these items.

Receipts of expenditure of freight costs incurred are required to be provided before any reimbursement is made.  If the freight subsidy is implemented it will be administered by the Department of Trade, Business and Innovation.