Disaster Ready Fund - Round Two 2024-2025


The Australian Government is providing up to $200 million nationally under Round Two of the Disaster Ready Fund (DRF) to support disaster risk reduction. 

The DRF is the Australian Government’s flagship disaster risk reduction initiative which will fund a diverse set of projects in partnership with states and territories to deliver medium-term and long-term national outcomes, investing up to $1 billion over the next five years.

The Queensland Reconstruction Authority (QRA) is the lead agency coordinating Queensland’s application for the DRF and will work with state agencies, local councils, non-government organisations and universities to submit applications for DRF funding to the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA).

QRA is seeking project applications that increase the understanding of disaster impacts, increase resilience, build capacity and capability, and reduce disaster risk. Project applicants are expected to contribute 50 per cent towards their proposed project. 


In Queensland, the DRF Round Two 2024-25 is administered by the Queensland Reconstruction Authority.

Key dates

To support applicants in considering suitable projects to apply for funding, please carefully review the Disaster Ready Fund Round Two Guideline 2024-25 and timeframes for applications outlined below.  

Activity Dates
Applications open Monday 22 January 2024 - 9.00 am 
Applications close Wednesday 20 March 2024 - 5.00 pm 
Applications assessed  by NEMA April– June 2024 
 Successful projects announcedFrom July 2024 
Funding to lead agenciesLater 2024 
Project funding agreements executed and projects commenceEarly 2025

*The above timeline is provided as a guide only and subject to change. 

Application process and forms

Grant writing tips

QRA's Grant writing tips for non-DRFA (resilience and risk reduction) funding programs have been provided to support your with your application. Grant funding is highly competitive and we highly recommend you follow the tips provided in this resource to ensure you address all application requirements.

Steps to submit an application for the DRF Round two:

  1. Read the Commonwealth's DRF Guidelines
  2. Read the DRF Application how to guide 
  3. Complete the mandatory documentation
    o   3a. DRF Project Application Form - Queensland
    o    3b. DRF Project Logic Template.  Note – this completed document must not exceed the current one page format.
    o    3c. DRF Budget Template
    o    3d. Additional application information form
  4.  Submit your application/s (with all three mandatory attachments - project logic, budget, additional application form) and up to a maximum of 4 other attachments. Note - the maximum size per attachment is 20 MB.

4. Submit your application/s (with all mandatory attachments) to QRA  by 5pm Wednesday 20 March 2024 via email to submissions@qra.qld.gov.au


For queries, please contact your QRA Regional Liaison Officer or email grants@qra.qld.gov.au .

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is the DRF?

Established by the Commonwealth Government, the DRF is a funding program developed to help communities protect themselves against the impacts of natural hazards across Australia. The Commonwealth Government, via the DRF, has committed to provide up to $1 billion over a period of five years, from 1 July 2023 to 30 June 2028.

How much funding is available under the DRF?

Each financial year, up to $200 million will be made available to states and territories through the DRF and each jurisdiction will receive a baseline $7.5 million under round two.

What is the purpose of the DRF?
  1. increase the understanding of natural hazard disaster impacts, as a first step towards reducing disaster impacts in the future;
  2. increase the resilience, adaptive capacity and/or preparedness of governments, community service organisations and affected communities to minimise the potential impact of natural hazards and avert disasters; and
  3. reduce the exposure to risk, harm and/or severity of a natural hazard’s impacts, including reducing the recovery burden for governments and vulnerable and/or affected communities.

These objectives are underpinned by the DRF Investment Principles which guide DRF investment decisions. The Investment Principles are incorporated into DRF activity types and selection criteria, to encourage projects that are:

1. Risk informed: Proposals draw on evidence of disaster risk (e.g. risk assessments) when outlining case for funding.

2. Aligned with plans: Proposals align with existing national, state and territory, and local hazard mitigation and resilience or adaptation plans, or provide evidence that the planning process is underway. Where plans do not exist or are in development, proposals could support the development of those plans.

3. Priority targeted: Proposals demonstrate alignment with the Second National Action Plan National Actions.

4. Diverse and equitable: Investment decisions support outcomes across a broad range of natural hazard and project types, geographic areas (including both urban and regional/remote locations), domains (including the social, built and natural environments), and consider the DRF’s potential population impact (including a project’s relative per-capita benefit).

Who can apply for funding?

Only Australian state and territory governments are eligible under the DRF to apply for funding via an overarching application comprising all project proposals. Applications for Queensland will be managed by the Queensland Reconstruction Authority (QRA).

Queensland State Agencies, non-government organisations, peak bodies, local governments and community groups are eligible to apply through QRA by submitting an application form to QRA to be considered for funding.

When do applications close?

Application must be submitted to QRA by no later than 5pm on Wednesday 20 March 2024 by email to submissions@qra.qld.gov.au

QRA will review all project applications against the eligibility criteria and provide all suitable and highly suitable applications to the Australian Government for final determination. Applications will be submitted by QRA to the National Emergency Management Agency by 5pm on Monday 29 April 2024

How do organisations submit an application to QRA?

To submit a project application for the DRF, all projects must abide by the requirements specified within the DRF Guidelines and four key documents need to be completed including:

  • DRF Project Application Form
  • DRF Project Logic Template
  • DRF Budget Template
  • Additional application information form

All forms can be found on the QRA website. Any applications that have not completed all mandatory documentation, cannot be submitted.

How much funding can a project application get?

There is no maximum or minimum limit on project applications.

Do projects need to make a 50 per cent co-contribution to the cost of the project?

Yes. The Australian Government requires a minimum 50 per cent mandatory co-contribution for all projects (whether financially or in-kind) and it must be included at time of submission.

Co-contributions can include, but are not limited to:

  1. A confirmed direct cash funding co-contribution,
  2. 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.
  3. funds 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 subject to alignment with the DRF objectives.

Any other financial costs to make up the 50 per cent co-contribution must be met within the project applicants internal resources or through partnerships with other organisations.

Are reduced co-contributions or waivers eligible?

Requests for waivers or co-contribution reductions will only be considered by the Australian Government in exceptional circumstances at the discretion of its Program Delegate. Further information is contained within the guidelines.

What are contingency costs?

Contingency costs are an eligible expenditure and can account for unforeseen financial circumstances, such as increased labour and supply costs. Contingency can be applied to individual budget items (or groups) or the overall project, but a clear explanation needs to be provided to justify the contingency amount and inclusion and must be commensurate with the size and complexity of the proposed project.

Contingency costs form part of the entire budget and subsequently are required to be considered when calculating the 50 per cent co-contribution.

When do projects need to be completed?

The maximum project period is 3 years from NEMA’s written endorsement of the relevant Implementation Plan.

Can projects that have already received part funding from the Commonwealth or another source apply for funding under the DRF?

A Project cannot receive funding twice. However, projects that have previously received full or part funding for a previous project phase, that is not included in the scope for this DRF project, are still eligible to receive funding from the Commonwealth under the DRF, as long as the DRF project is a standalone project with clear scope, different from previous phase(s).

How will the projects be prioritised and who decides on successful projects?

QRA will prioritise projects that meet the Queensland Disaster Resilience and Mitigation Investment Framework.

Assessment of the state application and awarding of funding will be coordinated by the Australian Government.

NEMA resources for DRF Round Two 2024-2025

NEMA has recently advised they have produced a number of factsheets to support with DRF round 2, which are all available from the NEMA website.

What is the Second National Action Plan?

The Second National Action Plan (Second NAP) is Australia's guiding authority to reduce disaster risk. It isalso the Commonwealth’s implementation plan for the National Disaster Risk Reduction Framework (NDRRF). The Second NAP identifies 24 National Actions that will progress implementation of the NDRRF. When applying for funding in round 2 of the Disaster Ready Fund, applicants will need to demonstrate how their project aligns with the Second NAP. NEMA has created a factsheet (link below) that explains the Second NAP further, including some examples of how a project might demonstrate alignment with the plan.

What are cohorts at disproportionate risk?

NEMA are encouraging applications that consider the needs and perspectives of cohorts at disproportionate disaster risk. NEMA has created a factsheet (link below) that provides further information, including some examples of cohorts at disproportionate risk.

What are the First Nation Australians consultation requirements?

NEMA encourages anyone developing a DRF project proposal to consider the needs and perspectives of First Nations people in all DRF project proposal design and (if successful) delivery. NEMA has created a factsheet (link below) that provides further guidance on consultation requirements.

What are multi-jurisdictional projects?

Multi-jurisdictional and national projects involve collaboration and delivery across multiple (or all) states and/or territories. The process for submitting these projects is outlined in the funding guidelines. NEMA has created a factsheet (link below) to provide further information on multi-jurisdictional projects.