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Western Australia Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (WANDRRA)

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The Western Australia Natural Disaster and Recovery Arrangements (WANDRRA) is jointly funded by the State and Commonwealth Governments and administered by the Department of the Premier and Cabinet (DPC), with assistance from other agencies.  Through WANDRRA, the Western Australian and Commonwealth Governments provide help to people who have suffered the direct impact of a proclaimed natural disaster event.

Assistance is provided via a range of relief measures to assist communities to recover from an eligible natural disaster event including: bushfire; cyclone; earthquake; flood; landslide; meteorite strike; storm; storm surge; tornado or tsunami.

The Department of the Premier and Cabinet will activate WANDRRA if;

  • it is one of the ten events mentioned above; and
  • the anticipated cost of eligible measures will exceed $240,000.

Who can receive assistance?

The relief measures are intended to provide assistance for the recovery of communities and are available for:

  • Individuals and Families
  • Small Business
  • Primary Producers
  • Local Government
  • State Government Agencies

If you consider you have been affected by an eligible natural disaster, select the relevant link above for further information. If you need help in deciding if you qualify for any assistance please contact the administrators on (08) 6552 5088 or (08) 6552 6250, or by email  to 

It is important to note that WANDRRA does not provide:

  • Compensation for losses suffered
  • Assistance where adequate insurance could have been obtained. Insurable assets such as houses and vehicles are not eligible under WANDRRA.
  • Assistance for losses incurred as a result of:
    • Drought
    • Frost
    • Heat wave
    • Epidemic
    • Events where human activity is a significant contributing cause including poor environmental planning, commercial development, personal intervention (other than arson), or accident.

Download the WANDRRA Dictionary of Terms (PDF 200KB)

Read online: WANDRRA Dictionary of Terms