Disaster Ready Fund

$200 million Disaster Ready Fund (DRF) - Round One 2023-24

On 7 June 2023, the Australian Government announced the successful projects funded across Australia through the $200 million first round of the Disaster Ready Fund (DRF). In Queensland, 50 projects have been approved receiving more than $84 million in Commonwealth funding to support disaster risk reduction, including 40 projects for councils, three for state agencies, five for non-government organisations and two for universities.

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.

Successful projects

For a list of all successful projects across the nation, refer to the National Emergency Management Australia (NEMA) website:


The total Commonwealth funding amount for Queensland is $84,187,850.


List of all successful DRF projects 2023-24 (Queensland)
Recipient name Project name  Funding 
Brisbane City Council Flood mitigation backflow device - water level sensor $150,000.00
Brisbane City Council Live Stream Flood Monitoring Cameras $200,000.00
Brisbane City Council Flood Study Program $950,000.00
Brisbane City Council Backflow device automation in Brisbane’s CBD $150,000.00
Brisbane City Council Shoreline Erosion Management - Cowan Cowan, Mulgumpin (Moreton Island) $224,000.00
Burke Shire Council Flood Warning Infrastructure Doomadgee West Road – Lagoon and Branch Creek $88,561.62
Burnett Catchment Care Association Building Resilience in the Agricultural South Burnett $288,500.00
Cairns Regional Council Building Evacuation and Sheltering Capacity - Assessment of places of refuge $40,000.00
Central Highlands Regional Council Bluff Township Flood Mitigation Channel Construction $396,490.46
Cherbourg Aboriginal Shire Council Cherbourg Disaster Early Warning System $289,940.91
City of Gold Coast City of Gold Coast Severe Wind Strata Study and Industry Engagement $200,000.00
Cloncurry Shire Council Chinaman Creek Dam – Monitoring and Early Warning Systems Project $150,000.00
Cloncurry Shire Council Curry Kids Early Learning Centre – Emergency Generator $49,449.00
Community Services Industry Alliance Ltd Regional Disaster Ready $531,924.00
Croydon Shire Council Power supply security at 3 essential services for community resilience  $94,902.46
Department of Energy and Public Works Household Resilience Program - Phase 3 $20,000,000.00
Department of Resources State-wide Disaster Ready Imagery $2,500,000.00
Department of Youth Justice, Employment, Small Business and Training Small Business Disaster Hub - Upgrade $110,000.00
Energy Queensland  South East Queensland Flood Resilience Program $8,970,000.00
Gladstone Regional Council Design and Construct Round Hill Reservoir 2 $4,249,904.55
Goondiwindi Regional Council Upgrading existing stormwater outlets to gated outlets $75,000.00
Griffith University Private sector-driven managed retreat of at-risk settlements: An SEQ pilot $600,000.00
Herbert River Improvement Trust Reprofiling of Castorina Island, Lower Herbert River $255,000.00
Isaac Regional Council Flood warning infrastructure resilience upgrades $376,500.00
Lockyer Valley Regional Council   Laidley Disaster Ready Project (Flood) – Phase 1 $2,070,092.00
Mackay Regional Council Detailed Design – Training Wall Levee $555,225.00
Moreton Bay Regional Council Flinders Parade Cliffs Protection $750,000.00
Moreton Bay Regional Council Dohles Rocks (Griffin) Coastal Hazards Defence Business Case Development $150,000.00
Moreton Bay Regional Council Bray Park - Leone Street - Drainage Construction $2,095,000.00
Moreton Bay Regional Council Crockatt Park Seawall Renewal $4,500,000.00
Mount Isa City Council Solar Panels and Battery Storage for Disaster Resilience $851,435.00
Napranum Aboriginal Shire Council  Drainage Investigations Lee Ding Street Catchment $47,225.00
Noosa Shire Council Noosa Shire Council’s Noosa Main Beach Sea Wall Detailed Design $275,000.00
Noosa Shire Council Generator Installations – Noosaville Depot, Tewantin Administration Building and Mobile Generator Unit $98,453.00
Northern Peninsula Area Regional Council Northern Peninsula Area Place of Refuge (Priority 2) $1,381,000.00
Palm Island Aboriginal Shire Council Palm Island Cyclone Shelter (multi-purpose – community hall) $240,000.00
Paroo Shire Council Paroo Emergency Power $222,625.00
Pormpuraaw Aboriginal Shire Council   Pormpuraaw Aerodrome Upgrade $14,917,374.00
Queensland University of Technology Landslide and dam stability risk reduction via multiscale site monitoring $211,490.46
Redland City Council Coastal Protection Works–Karragarra Esplanade Seawall–Karragarra Island $173,455.00
Rockhampton Regional Council Fitzroy River Barrage Raising Project Business Case Development $685,000.00
Rockhampton Regional Council Evacuation Centre Emergency Generator $216,400.00
Rockhampton Regional Council Advanced Communications Module on Disaster Dashboard $16,000.00
Scenic Rim Regional Council  Detailed design of the reconstruction of Duck Creek Rd $76,086.10
Scenic Rim Regional Council Setting an urban greening target for the Scenic Rim $111,000.00
Somerset Regional Council Toogoolawah (Dingyarra St) flood mitigation project $1,020,816.46
Sunshine Coast Council New Seawall – Mooloolaba Foreshore Revitalisation Project  $7,950,000.00
Sunshine Coast Council Cool Urban Forests – Street Tree Planting Project $3,210,000.00
The Bur-Del-Co-Operative Advancement Society Limited The Burdekin Delta Community Disaster Shelters $1,349,000.00
Townsville City Council Tide Valve and Gate Study $75,000.00

Next steps

Prior to work being able to commence on the successful projects, QRA will be engaging with relevant applicants to develop a state-wide implementation plan for Australian Government approval and establish and execute Project Funding Schedules between QRA and the successful project applicants.  

These actions can take a number of months to complete. QRA will keep successful project applicants up to date regularly on the progress.


Funding background

The DRF will deliver against the recommendations of a Productivity Commission Inquiry into National Disaster Funding in 2015 providing up to $200 million per year on disaster resilience, with funding matched by states and territories. It is also supported by Deloitte’s 2022 report Adapting Australia for Climate Resilient Growth and the Insurance Council of Australia’s 2022 report Building a more resilient Australia, which have both called for increased investment in resilience and climate adaptation funding.

The DRF is given effect through the Disaster Ready Fund Act 2019.

The DRF replaces the Emergency Response Fund, which terminates on 30 June 2023. The ERF committed $50 million per year for resilience building measures – the DRF will commit up to four times that amount – up to $200 million, per year and will help shift the Fund’s focus from recovery and repair to disaster prevention.

The DRF will complement, rather than duplicate, the recovery funding available under the Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements.

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) will collaborate closely with state and territory governments to deliver a set of locally-driven, but nationally significant, projects with states and territories expected to contribute 50 per cent towards the cost of projects.


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

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