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Disaster Ready Fund

Round One Disaster Ready Fund applications for South Australia are now closed.


Disaster Ready Fund

The Disaster Ready Fund (DRF) is the Australian Government’s flagship disaster risk reduction initiative which will fund a diverse set of projects to deliver medium and long-term outcomes that support Australians to manage the physical, social and economic impacts of disasters caused by climate change and other natural hazards.

Eligible project activity types

Stream One: Infrastructure

Stream One projects must fall into one or more of the following categories:

  1. Investment in grey infrastructure;
  2. Investment in green-blue infrastructure (including nature based solutions);
  3. Investment in hazard monitoring infrastructure; and/or
  4. Business case development for future infrastructure (including investigation, modelling, concept and detailed design activities).

Stream Two: Systemic risk reduction

Stream Two projects must fall into one or more of the following categories:

  1. Supporting a better understanding of risk, through a better evidence base to understand and raise awareness of risk;
  2. Strengthening decision making by enhancing governance networks and communities of practice;
  3. Adaptation projects that improve land use planning and development practice projects;
  4. Projects that build the capacity and capability of businesses, community sector organisations and/or at-risk communities to improve their preparedness and resilience to the impacts of future disasters; and/or
  5. Projects that enable and incentivise private investment in disaster risk reduction.

Note: Projects must align with the intent of the National Disaster Risk Reduction Framework.

Round 1 South Australian application process

Only state and territory governments are eligible to apply for DRF funding via an overarching Application to the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA). SAFECOM as the South Australian Applicant will collate the Application package on behalf of the State.

While SAFECOM is the Applicant for all SA applications, project proposals will be accepted from state government, local government, non-government organisations, businesses, and community groups. At a minimum, all agencies/organisations wishing to apply for DRF Round 1 will need to submit to SAFECOM a:

  • Detailed Project Proposal Form
  • 2023-24 Project Budget Template (with appropriate co-contribution (see requirements below)
  • 2023-24 Project Logic Template

Application documents will be circulated to applicants on request.

Individual agencies/organisations are unable to submit DRF applications directly to NEMA. All submissions must come through SAFECOM.


Applicants must contribute at least 50 per cent of eligible project expenditure towards each project. Co-contribution costs can include, but are not limited to:

  • A direct (cash) funding contribution provided at the time of project commencement;
  • Funds the Applicant has already invested in a program or project on or any time after 1 July 2019, and only where the Commonwealth’s contribution from the DRF is expected to extend or enhance that program or project;
  • Any costs associated with the Applicant’s delivery of the project, for example construction or project delivery; and
  • Other in-kind costs, such as wages directly attributable to the delivery of the project, and/or supplies, materials, and specific equipment required to execute the project.

Key Documentation

Key Dates

10 January 2023 Disaster Ready Fund grant round opens
20 February 2023 Proposals due to SAFECOM by 5pm Monday 20 February
21 February - 2 March 2023 SA proposal prioritisation process
6 March 2023 Application package submitted to NEMA
From May 2023 Announcements made
From 1 July 2023 Funding available

Note: The above timeline is provided as a guide only and may be subject to change.

For more information about the SA application process for Round 1 of the DRF, please contact or phone (08) 8115 3917.