New Disaster Ready Fund open for applications

13 February 2023
A sandbag levee on the banks of a river.

Up to $200 million per year is available nationally for projects that improve Australia’s resilience to natural hazards. 

Emergency Management Victoria is coordinating proposals for Victoria in a single application for Round One 2023-2024. The application period in Victoria closes at 4pm on Thursday 16 February

The Disaster Ready Fund aims to increase understanding of natural disaster impacts and reduce disaster impacts in the future.  

Proposals should be designed to: 

  • increase Victoria’s resilience, ability to adapt or preparedness 
  • minimise the potential impact of hazards and prevent disasters, or 
  • reduce the exposure to risk, harm or severity of disaster impacts. 

Projects should generally have a time frame of three years or less. 

We encourage applications for disaster risk reduction initiatives from Victorian: 

  • state government departments and agencies 
  • floodplain management authorities 
  • municipal councils 
  • volunteer emergency service organisations 
  • peak bodies and incorporated associations or organisations with an emergency management purpose, connection or interest 
  • research institutions 
  • private and non-government organisations, including small business and associated business groups. 

The Disaster Ready Fund guidelines and required documents can be accessed on our Disaster Ready Fund page