Betterment Fund 2019
The purpose of the jointly funded (50:50) Australian and Queensland Government Betterment Program is to build back more resilient essential infrastructure damaged by the devastating impacts of the North and Far North Queensland Monsoon Trough, 25 January – 14 February 2019 (Monsoon Trough), and reduce the impact of future events on essential infrastructure and the community.
The Betterment Program is one component of a jointly funded, exceptional circumstances Category C & D funding package, approved under the Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA) 2018.
The key objectives of the Betterment Program are to provide Category D DRFA funding to enable state agencies and local governments to:
- access funding that is in addition to DRFA Category B, Reconstruction of Essential Public Assets (REPA) funding available to restore event damaged assets to pre-disaster function
- use the total funding to build back better, more resilient essential public infrastructure
- contribute to the objectives of the Queensland Disaster Resilience and Mitigation Investment Framework (QDRMIF), and the Queensland Strategy for Disaster Resilience (QSDR):
- Queenslanders understand their disaster risk
- Strengthened disaster risk management
- Queenslanders are invested in disaster risk reduction
- There is continuous improvement in disaster preparedness, response and recovery.
Queensland Reconstruction Authority (QRA)
- Local governments and state agencies activated for DRFA for the Monsoon Trough