There are a number of DRFAWA assistance measures available to state governments, with different agencies accessing different assistance measures.
Guidelines, Factsheets and Templates
The DRFAWA Guideline and set of Factsheets and Templates have been created to help communities understand the measures available and help asset owners understand the requirements when undertaking the restoration of essential public assets.
Significant changes for state governments
Greater information is required to support estimates and claims
The DRFAWA requires far greater information to be provided by state governments for the repair of their essential public assets. A damage report, cost estimate and the supporting claim information must be provided.
Damage reports require evidence of the damage to the asset and must include pre-disaster condition and asset function information. The estimates must be verified by an engineer or quantity surveyor with the appropriate level of expertise and experience.
Templates have been developed to assist state governments with their asset repairs
These additional assurance methods are required by the Commonwealth.
State governments (and local governments) are required to provide quarterly cost estimate figures for recovery and essential public asset reconstruction activities they are undertaking, after an eligible disaster event. These quarterly estimate figures should reflect the amount they expect to spend in the current financial year, as well as two years forward. It is important that the financial data provided is accurate, as it informs both the State and the Commonwealth for budgeting purposes.
Introduction of emergency works and immediate reconstruction works
Under the DRFAWA there is an opportunity for emergency works, which are urgent activities necessary to temporarily restore an essential public asset, and immediate reconstruction works, which enable immediate activities to fully reconstruct an essential public asset. This applies for a strict three (3) month period from the date the essential public asset becomes accessible. The assurance requirements are not as great, with no asset function information required or verification from an engineer or quantity surveyor.
Please contact a DFES Recovery Funding Officer as soon as possible if your community has been impacted by an eligible disaster.
DFES has a window of three (3) months to notify the Commonwealth of a potential eligible event. Extensions are possible but require DFES to formally request this from the Commonwealth and supporting evidence is required.
Complete a Preliminary Damage and Costs Advice Form and email the form to firstname.lastname@example.org.
DFES Disaster Recovery Funding Officers
Phone: +61 8 9395 9341 or +61 8 9395 9973 or +61 8 9395 9374