Queensland Disaster Resilience Fund

The Queensland Disaster Resilience Fund (QDRF) supports projects to strengthen the resilience of Queensland communities and help them better prepare for disasters.

The $38 million QDRF is funded by the Queensland Government and will be delivered over four years. The first funding round of $9.5 million commences in the 2018-19 financial year and will be administered by the Queensland Reconstruction Authority (QRA).


The QDRF objectives are to support delivery of disaster resilience and mitigation projects that:

Resilience Funding Guidelines

The 2018-19 Resilience Funding Guidelines (the Guidelines) are for both of the following funding programs:

  • $9.5 million in Queensland Government funding under the first year of the QDRF
  • Further to the QDRF, $1.15 million in Australian Government funding may be available under the Prepared Communities Fund, as part of the Australian Government’s Preparing Australia Package, for eligible projects submitted under the first round of QDRF.

Applicants do not need to specify a funding program within their application. This will be assigned as part of the assessment process.

Projects approved under the Guidelines will be allocated funding of up to $2 million as a subsidy towards the eligible project costs, with all applicants expected to make a financial contribution towards the eligible project costs.

Eligible applicants demonstrating a limited capacity to self-fund a project, may be considered for a higher funding percentage. In exceptional circumstances, other conditions may be considered for a project.

Eligible applicants include:

  • local government bodies constituted under the Local Government Act 2009 or the City of Brisbane Act 2010
  • Regional Organisations of Councils
  • Queensland Government departments and agencies
  • Regional Natural Resource Management bodies
  • River Improvement Trusts
  • incorporated non-government organisations (including volunteer groups) and Queensland-based not-for-profit organisations.

Collaborative projects are encouraged and may be lodged as a joint application between eligible applicants. An eligible applicant may also submit a joint application made with an ineligible applicant.

Key dates

  • Applications close 18 April 2019
  • Advice of project approvals by 30 June 2019
  • Funded projects to be completed by 30 June 2021
  • Lodgement of complete acquittal documentation to QRA to 30 September 2021.

More information

For any questions about the program, please email QDRF@qra.qld.gov.au

Guidelines, application form, and fact sheet

Guidelines, application form and the fact sheet are available below and in the popular resources list on this page.