​​​​​​​​​​​Other funding opportunities 


Prevention and Preparedness


​​Emergency Services Levy (ESL)

The Emergency Services Levy (ESL) funds Western Australia’s (WA) fire and emergency services, including Career and Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service brigades, Volunteer Fire and Emergency Service units, bushfire fighting and management services including the Rural Fire Division and Local Government Bush Fire Brigades, aviation services engaged over the high risk bushfire season, the South West Emergency Rescue Helicopter service, State Emergency Service (SES) units, the Volunteer Marine Rescue Service and emergency response services provided by ChemCentre.

ESL funding supports approximately 800 dedicated emergency service groups comprising over 1,600 career firefighters and support staff, and more than 26,000 volunteers. Every cent collected from the ESL goes towards providing emergency services to the community.

Since the ESL was introduced in 2003, WA's fire and emergency services have dramatically improved, particularly in regional and remote areas thanks to the provision of new equipment provided for volunteer groups.

The ESL benefits all West Australian's as emergency response involves a cohesive approach from across the state.


According to State EM Policy section 5.12,  the emergency management agency with operational control of any resource is responsible for payment of all related expenses associated with its operation during emergencies, unless other arrangements are established. Agencies that have assisted in responses to emergencies may be eligible for reimbursement of some expenses. Funding arrangements for emergencies are dependent on the situation and based on criteria detailed in the document, Criteria for meeting costs associated with emergencies.  ​

Criteria for meeting costs associated with emergencies

​Relief and Recovery​


The Australian Government Disaster Recovery Payment (AGDRP) is a one-off payment provided to eligible Australian residents who are adversely affected by a major disaster. A major disaster can be a natural or man-made disaster (such as a terrorist attack) that occurs either in Australia or offshore.​


Disaster Recovery Payment

The Disaster Recovery Payment (DRP) is a one-off, non-means tested payment of $1000 for eligible adults and $400 for eligible children who have been adversely affected by a major disaster either in Australia or overseas.

DRP is activated when the impact of a disaster on individuals and families requires Australian Government assistance, in addition to that provided under standard recovery assistance.

Each disaster is different and as a result the timing and nature of additional levels of assistance varies from disaster-to-disaster and community-to-community. DRP assists with the short-term recovery needs of the communi​ty.

If a natural disaster is not covered by the Disaster Recovery Payment you may be eligible for the Crisis Payment​.​​

​​​Lord Mayor's Distress Relief Fund

The Lord Mayor's Distress Relief Fund (LMDRF) was established in 1961.

The LMDRF was established in conjunction with the State Government to provide financial assistance to individuals for the alleviation and relief of distress, suffering and personal hardships, brought about by any disaster or emergency within Western Australia declared by the Western Australian Government or for which the LMDRF Board considers assistance is warranted


Australian Victim of Terrorism Overseas Payment

The Australian Victim of Terrorism Overseas Payment is a one-off payment if you suffer harm from a declared overseas terrorist act. The Prime Minister must formally declare an attack to be a terrorist act for the purposes of this payment.