Bushfires, flooding and storms/severe weather are the natural hazard priorities for Tasmania, according to the 2016 Tasmanian State Natural Disaster Risk Assessment.

The Risk Assessment also addresses the potential risks posed to Tasmanian communities through earthquakes, landslides, tsunamis, biosecurity emergencies and human pandemics. While the impact of these hazards is generally minor and localised, they can sometimes lead to disastrous consequences for Tasmanian communities, causing millions of dollars of damage to homes, businesses and the state’s infrastructure.

The Natural Disaster Resilience Grants Program – Tasmania (NDRGP) and the Emergency Volunteer Fund (EVF) have been established as a joint Australian Government and Tasmanian Government initiative to help mitigate disasters and build community resilience.

The State Emergency Management Program (SEMP) competitive grants program was established to assist with the implementation of the action plan for the State Emergency Committee (SEMC) Strategic Directions Framework Building Safe and Resilient Tasmanian Communities 2013–2018.

Applications have closed for the current round of funding.

Enquiries can be directed to ses@ses.tas.gov.au or phone: 03 6173 2887.

Natural Disaster Resilience Grant Program (NDRGP)

The NDRGP is a competitive grants program that aims to support Tasmanian communities to implement the National Strategy for Disaster Resilience (NSDR) and strategic priorities outlined in the State Emergency Management Committee (SEMC) Strategic Directions Framework. The NDRGP promotes building partnerships between sectors, and encourages regional and local communities to develop the capacity to prevent, prepare for, respond to and recover from emergencies.

Eligibility for the NDRGP

Organisations eligible to apply for funding under the National Disaster Resilience Grants Program are:

  • councils
  • State Government agencies
  • emergency management volunteer organisations that contribute to disaster resilience
  • government owned businesses and utilities
  • not for profit organisations.

In some cases, the private sector can undertake and fund measures under the NDRGP but applications must be endorsed and prioritised through state and regional Emergency Management Committees.

Eligible organisations may apply for funding either individually or with other applicants.

Eligible projects

Disaster mitigation works, measures and related activities that seek to treat identified risks qualify for funding under the NDRGP. They may include:

  • disaster risk management studies
  • disaster mitigation strategies
  • investment in disaster resilient public infrastructure
  • disaster warning systems
  • community awareness, education and readiness measures
  • measures that support emergency management volunteers
  • disaster resilience and mitigation related research of public benefits
  • development of nationally consistent post-disaster evaluations
  • conduct of emergency management exercises
  • development and review of emergency management plans
  • implementation of critical infrastructure resilience initiatives
  • development of emergency management capabilities.

Non-eligible projects

Projects that are generally not be eligible for funding under the NDRGP include:

  • ongoing maintenance of existing works and measures
  • restoration or reconstruction of roads unless they are essential parts of a comprehensive approach to natural disaster mitigation, such as improving emergency access capacity
  • projects that seek reimbursement for works and measures already undertaken
  • projects that are designed to protect or which provide a commercial advantage to new private developments (this is and will remain the responsibility of the developer and should be controlled through land use planning measures).

For more information, please read the Program Guidelines and the Tasmania State Emergency Management Committee Strategic Directions Framework.

Emergency Volunteer Fund

The Tasmanian Government and the Australian Government have established the Emergency Volunteer Fund (EVF).

The EVF is a competitive grants program that recognises the significant front-line role emergency management volunteers play in reducing vulnerability and enhancing community safety in Tasmania.

In line with the National Emergency Management Volunteer Action Plan (NEMVAP, 2012), the EVF provides additional support to local, regional or statewide recruitment, retention and training initiatives by state-level organisations and local volunteer units/stations/brigades and clubs.

State Emergency Management Program

The State Emergency Management Program (SEMP) assists the State Emergency Management Committee (SEMC) in delivering programs to address significant natural disaster resilience projects.

To assist with the implementation of the ‘SEMC Strategic Directions Framework Building Safe and Resilient Tasmanian Communities 2013–18’, in November 2013, the SEMC Strategic Directions Action Plan was approved. The plan details a number of emergency management priorities and priority projects.

Like the Natural Disaster Resilience Grant or Emergency Volunteer Grant Programs, the SEMP is a competitive grants program targeted to fund the activities identified by the SEMC.

For more information, please read the Program Guidelines and the Tasmania State Emergency Management Committee Strategic Directions Framework.

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Tasmanian Bushfire Mitigation Grants Program (TBMGP)

Applications for the 2017–18 round of the TBMGP are now closed.

The TBMGP is a competitive grants program that supports the National Bushfire Mitigation Programme. The TBMGP promotes and enables long term bushfire mitigation strategies and fuel reduction programs in Tasmania, including:

  • effective land management strategies and practices that result in better fuel reduction
  • construction and maintenance of fire trails and associated accessibility measures
  • implementation of cost-effective activities that reduce the impact of severe bushfires and promote community resilience, such as support for volunteers
  • generation of scientific information, including hazard mapping, to develop best-practice strategies for bushfire mitigation and mitigating the effects of bushfires on communities
  • improving and hardening of critical infrastructure.

Bushfire Mitigation Grants Program Guidelines.