Applying for DRFA funding

The Queensland Reconstruction Authority (QRA) administers four funding relief measures to local governments and state agencies:

  • Counter Disaster Operations
  • Emergency Works for essential public assets
  • Immediate Reconstruction Works for essential public assets
  • Reconstuction of essential public assets.

This page provides information on applying for funding via each of these measures, including key dates, preparing and lodging submission forms.

Counter Disaster Operations

Counter Disaster Operations (CDO) activities are undertaken by local governments and state agencies immediately before, during or after an eligible disaster, in order to assist and protect people by:

  • alleviating personal hardship and distress
  • addressing the immediate emergency needs of individuals
  • protecting the general public.

Key dates

  • Completing activities: CDO activities are undertaken immediately before, during and immediately after the eligible disaster.
  • Lodging a submission: Unless otherwise agreed with QRA, submissions are to be lodged within three months following completion of the CDO activities, regardless of when final invoices were paid.

More information

  • Refer to Section 8 of the QDRR Guidelines for information on CDO
  • The DRFA tool box contains a number of fact sheets that may assist.

To prepare and lodge a submission 

  • Download the Counter Disaster Operations Submission Form.
  • Lodge the completed submission form and all supporting evidence via the MARS portal.

Emergency Works for essential public assets

Emergency Works (EW) are temporary works undertaken by local government and state agencies to:

  • urgently repair eligible essential public assets impacted by an eligible disaster 
  • enable essential public assets to operate or be operated at a reasonable level of efficiency
  • enable assets to support the immediate recovery of the community after an eligible disaster.

Key dates

  • Completing works: Works must be completed within three months after the event, or from when the asset becomes accessible.
  • Lodging a submission: Unless otherwise agreed with QRA, submissions are to be lodged within three months following completion of the works, regardless of when final invoices were paid.

More information

  • Refer to Section 9 of the QDRR Guidelines for more information about EW
  • Local Government trigger points provide information about the financial point in which EW is activated
  • The DRFA tool box contains a number of fact sheets that may also assist.

To prepare and lodge a submission

  • Download the Emergency Works Submission Form.
  • Lodge the completed submission form and all supporting evidence via the MARS portal.

Immediate Reconstruction Works for Essential Public Assets

Immediate Reconstruction Works are reconstruction works undertaken by local government and state agencies to urgently and permanently reconstruct eligible essential public assets to pre-disaster function immediately (within three months) after the eligible disaster has occured.

Key dates

  • Collecting evidence: Damage evidence must be collected prior to or while undertaking Immediate Reconstruction Works. Completion evidence must be collected as works are completed, or as soon as possible after completion. All evidence must meet the DRFA requirements.
  • Completing works: Works must be completed within three months after the event, or from when the asset becomes accessible.
  • Lodging a submission: Unless otherwise agreed with QRA, submissions are to be lodged within three months following completion of the works, regardless of when final invoices were paid.

More information

  • Refer to Section 9 of the QDRR Guidelines for more information about Immediate Reconstruction Works
  • Review the QRA Treatment Guide (PDF, 4.2MB)
  • Local Government trigger points provide information about the financial point in which Immediate Reconstruction Works are activated
  • The DRFA tool box contains a number of fact sheets that may also assist.

To prepare and lodge a submission

  • Download the Immediate Reconstruction Works Submission Form.
  • Lodge the completed submission form and all supporting evidence via the MARS portal.

Reconstruction of Essential Public Assets

Reconstruction of Essential Public Assets (REPA) submissions are developed and lodged based on the:

  • scope of reconstruction works required to restore or replace eligible essential public assets that have been directly damaged by an eligible disaster and
  • estimated reconstruction costs to complete those works.

Key dates

  • Collecting evidence: Post disaster evidence must be collected no later than 12 months after the event. All evidence must meet the DRFA requirements.  
  • Lodging a submission: All REPA submissions, including awarded market prices, must be lodged to QRA within nine months (by 31 March) following the financial year in which the relevant disaster occurred.
  • Updating a submission with awarded market price: All requests to update an approved submission with awarded market prices, must be lodged to QRA within nine months (by 31 March) following the financial year in which the relevant disaster occurred.
  • Reporting on works: Monthly progress reports are required throughout delivery.
  • Completing works: All REPA works must be completed within 24 months after the end of the financial year in which the disaster occurred.
  • Acquitting approved works and expenditure: Unless otherwise agreed with QRA, all REPA acquittal reports and evidence must be lodged to QRA within three months of completing the works.

More information

  • Refer to Section 9 of the QDRR Guidelines for more information about REPA
  • Review the QRA Treatment Guide  (PDF, 4.2MB)
  • Local Government trigger points provide information about the financial point in which REPA is activated
  • The DRFA tool box contains a number of fact sheets that may also assist.

To prepare and lodge a submission

  • Download the Reconstruction of Essential Public Assets Submission Form.
  • Lodge the completed submission form and all evidence supporting the claimed socpe of works, including pre-disaster evidence, and post-disaster damage photos via the MARS portal.