Natural Disaster Financial Assistance for local councils is provided to assist in the recovery process and to alleviate some financial burden that may be experienced following a natural disaster, in accordance with Commonwealth-State arrangements.
Under the NDFA, all eligible expenditure must occur within a period of less than two years after the end of the financial year in which the natural disaster occurred.
The deadline for councils and catchment management authorities to provide any claims for financial assistance for all eligible costs associated with natural disaster events can be found in the table below. Any costs associated with repairs undertaken after this deadline will be deemed ineligible for reimbursement.
Claims will be accepted after 30 June of that financial year, but only where they relate to expenditure for work completed prior to this date. All work will be required to be assessed by VicRoads prior to reimbursement, as per normal procedures under the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA).
It is requested that all claims be lodged by 31 July following the end of the allowed financial year as indicated in the table below. This will enable the Victorian State Government to comply with Commonwealth Government timelines for acquittal and audit requirements. Claims lodged after 31 July of the applicable financial year will not be eligible for reimbursement.
Natural Disaster Event
Australian Government Reference No.
Allowable time period deadline
Local government areas affected by this event
Victoria – South Eastern Floods (27 August 2015)
30 June 2018
Baw Baw, Latrobe, South Gippsland,
Wellington, Yarra Ranges
Victoria – Bushfires (3 October 2015)
Macedon Ranges, Mitchell, Murrindindi and Surf Coast
Victoria Storms (26 November 2015)
Murrindindi, Nillumbik, Pyrenees and Yarra Ranges
Victorian Bushfires (19-20, 25 December 2015)
Ballarat, Bass Coast, Colac-Otway, East Gippsland, Indigo, Moorabool, Murrindindi, Surf Coast, Whittlesea and Yarra Ranges
Alpine, Wangaratta, Wellington
Victoria – Mornington Peninsula Bushfire (18 January 2016)
Victoria Geelong Storm Event (27 January 2016)
Geelong, Pyrenees, Surf Coast
Victorian Bushfires (23 February 2016)
Ballarat, Mornington Peninsula
Bass Coast, East Gippsland, Latrobe*, South Gippsland, Wellington
Catchment Management Authorities: East Gippsland, West Gippsland CMA
30 June 2019
Bass Coast, East Gippsland, Frankston, South Gippsland, Yarra Ranges
Alpine, Ararat, Ballarat, Baw Baw, Benalla, Bendigo, Buloke, Campaspe, Cardinia, Casey, Central Goldfields, Colac Otway, Corangamite, Frankston, Gannawarra, Glenelg, Golden Plains, Hepburn, Hindmarsh, Hobsons Bay, Horsham, Hume, Indigo, Knox, Loddon, Macedon Ranges, Mansfield, Melton, Mildura, Mitchell, Moira, Moonee Valley, Moorabool, Mount Alexander, Moyne, Nillumbik, Northern Grampians, Pyrenees, Shepparton, Southern Grampians, Surf Coast, Swan Hill, Towong, Wangaratta, Warrnambool, West Wimmera, Whitehorse, Wodonga, Wyndham, Yarra Ranges, Yarriambiack
Catchment Management Authorities:
Corangamite, Glenelg Hopkins, North Central, North East
Victorian Storms - Mildura (11 November 2016)
Alpine, Banyule, Bayside, Cardinia, Darebin, Glen Eira, Greater Dandenong, Hume, Kingston, Knox, Latrobe, Macedon Ranges, Manningham, Maroondah, Nillumbik, Port Phillip, Strathbogie, Wangaratta, and Yarra Ranges
Victorian Floods and Storms (1 December 2017)
Alpine, Greater Shepparton, Knox, Mansfield, Mitchell, Moonee Valley, Murrindindi, Nillumbik, Strathbogie, Towong, Wangaratta, Yarra Ranges
* Denotes the impact to the local CMA and not the LGA.