When a disaster occurs it is often necessary for Commonwealth, State and local governments to provide financial support for relief and recovery activities.

The national Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements provide guidance on how the three levels of government share the costs of recovery activities, including infrastructure reconstruction.

The State Emergency Management Plan states that the South Australian Government may provide funding to local councils during and after a disaster. The financial support provided will vary depending on the severity, nature and duration of the event. More information, including guidance for local councils, is available in the Local Government Disaster Recovery Assistance Arrangements Guidelines.

2019-20 Bushfires

The State Government is working closely with councils affected by the 2019-20 Bushfires to develop and deliver recovery programs and projects.

In recognition of the severity, scale, and duration of the 2019-20 Bushfires, the Commonwealth Government has provided DRFA Category D funding to severely affected councils. This funding is intended to facilitate the recovery effort for councils and their communities. More information, including guidance for local councils, is available in the Bushfire Recovery Exceptional Assistance Immediate Support Package (PDF, 137.8 KB).

Any local councils who have been affected by the 2019-20 Bushfires and require more information or assistance with DRFA can contact us .