On 11 December 2020, the federal Minister for Agriculture, Drought and Emergency Management the Hon David Littleproud MP announced a $50 million National Flood Mitigation Infrastructure Program.

On 22 December 2020, Tasmanian Government agencies were formally advised of the Program and provided with details of the application process by the Department of Home Affairs. A copy of the National Flood Mitigation Infrastructure Program Guidelines is available here.

States and Territories are eligible to apply for funding under the program for the improvement of existing, or construction of new, flood mitigation infrastructure. States and Territories may use a third party such as a local government to deliver the project.

Input into projects for inclusion in the application is currently being sought from Government Agencies and Local Governments.

There is no funding cap for each application or a limit on the number of projects that can be submitted for funding by a state or territory. A co-contribution from the state or territory government, and/or other appropriate funding partner is desirable but not essential.

The State Emergency Service is coordinating the preparation of the Tasmanian application. Project proposals will be assessed and prioritised by a review panel. Recommended proposals will be submitted to the State Emergency Management Committee for endorsement, and the Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Management for approval prior to the submission of the Tasmanian application on 12 February 2021.

Project proposal submissions must use the Project Application Form from the Guidelines, available here. Additional supporting information may be included. Submissions are to be emailed to grant.coordinator@ses.tas.gov.au  by close of business Friday 22 January 2021.

For further information about the Tasmanian application, please contact Ann Stewart in the SES Flood Policy Unit – at ses@ses.tas.gov.au or on 03 – 6173 2700.

For further information about the National Flood Mitigation Infrastructure Program, please see the Emergency management page of the Department of Home Affairs website.