National Disaster Risk Reduction



The Western Australian and Commonwealth governments have a National Partnership Agreement (NPA) for Disaster Risk Reduction to proactively reduce the risk and limit the impact of natural hazard disasters on Australian communities and economies. 

With an allocation of $12.528 million to WA over five (5) years, the NPA will deliver on the priorities, five-year outcomes and 2030 goals of the National Disaster Risk Reduction Framework (NDRRF). 

The NDRRF is aimed at reducing existing disaster risk, minimising the creation of future risk and equipping decision-makers with the capabilities and information needed to reduce disaster risk and manage residual risk.

The State Emergency Management Committee (SEMC) oversees the WA Implementation Plan​ for the NDRRF, including the delivery of the National Disaster Risk Reduction Competitive Grants Program (NDRR).


The NDRR Competitive Grant Program is a key component of achieving the WA Implementation Plan.

Eleven (11) areas for action have been identified within the Plan to contribute to the delivery of the NDRRF priorities. 

To be eligible for NDRR funding, projects must address at least one Commonwealth NDRRF priority​, demonstrate one or more of the 11 action areas within the WA Implementation Plan​ and address at least one natural hazard.

NDRRF Priorities

​​​​​​1. Understand Disaster Risk​Develop cohesive risk information and support long-term risk research and knowledge; increase data sharing and integrate risks and scenarios in planning​; improve communication and disclosure of risk information to increase public engagement with disaster risks and impacts.
2. ​Accountable Decisions​Ensure relevant policy and decisions address disaster risk and consider potential loss and consequence; incentivise mitigation and risk reduction; maintain contemporary and adaptive planning and development practices and incorporate resilience requirements.
​3. Enhanced Investment​Develop collaborative financing arrangement for risk reduction supported by risk reduction investment tools; identify funding streams including leveraging of government programs to fund risk reduction measures; improve uptake of insurance; support informed and sustainable investment decisions.
4. ​Governance, Ownership and Responsibility​National mechanism, plan and reporting framework to drive disaster risk reduction; enable locally led and place based disaster risk reduction; improve transparency of risk ownership and risk transfer. 

WA Implementation Plan Action Areas

Action Area​Description​​
Community-Focused Resilience​​Reducing disaster risk by building communities that can support each other and work together to understand and minimise risk from natural disasters.
Risk Data And Information SharingDeveloping and promoting knowledge and understanding of natural disaster risk through lessons management, knowledge sharing, research, and exercises.
Vulnerable/At Risk Persons And CommunitiesProvide targeted action to improve natural disaster risk reduction for vulnerable/at-risk persons.
Fostering Individual ResponsibilityIncreasing individual understanding of responsibility with regards to natural disaster risk, and consequently improve risk reduction on the individual level.
Business Continuity And ResilienceIncreasing understanding of organisations with regards to responsibilities around natural disaster risk, and consequently improve risk reduction at the industry level.
Security Of Supply Chains And InfrastructureAppropriate planning and research is required to better understand the limitations of supply chains and related infrastructure across the state, and improve collaboration and coordination between government, industry, and communities.
Essential Services: Alternatives And Supply SecurityUnderstanding and implementing alternative solutions to essential service supply will enable communities, industry, and government to provide cost effective solutions to the mitigation of disaster risk to essential services.
Building Codes, Legislation And EnforcementResearch and analysis of the most cost effective mitigations to existing and new assets that can be shared across industry, government, and communities will help reduce the risk of natural dis​aster ​to key assets.
Preservation Of Heritage And Natural EnvironmentsBy enabling understanding of and planning for the risks important sites face from natural disasters, the risk can be reduced, reducing damage to irreplaceable sites and minimising costs to repair.
Funding Models And AllocationBy simplifying funding allocation processes for risk reduction activities, duplication (and associated costs) is expected to decrease, access by key stakeholders is expected to increase, and a coordinated approach should assist in targeting activities that will best deliver the outcomes of the NDRRF.
Innovation, Research And DesignBy providing a specific action area for innovative thinking, WA can ensure that risk reduction activities are adaptable and that the plan stays relevant to the outcomes of the NDRRF. It also ensures that funding can be appropriately allocated between action areas so that the outcomes from the NDRRF are met.

Outcomes of Previous Rounds​ 

The outcome of each round is available under the Previous Round​ page.


For information on the National Disaster Risk Reduction program, please contact: ndrr@dfes.wa.gov.au