Northern Territory Risk Reduction Program

The Northern Territory Risk Reduction Program (NTRRP) is a jointly funded program established under a National Partnership Agreement (NPA) between the Australian Government and Northern Territory Government (NTG).

The NTRRP will fund projects that contribute to reducing disaster risk and limiting the impact of disasters associated with natural hazards in the Northern Territory (NT).

The NTRRP is administered by the Department of Chief Minister and Cabinet and is due to complete at the end of the 2023/24 financial year.


The NTRRP will deliver grant funding for projects that deliver on the priorities of the National Disaster Risk Reduction Framework.

Read more about the framework on the Australian Government's Home Affairs website.

Projects that identify risks and better understanding disaster risks to social, cultural, physical, economic and environmental domains across the NT:

  • improve awareness of, and engagement on, disaster risks and impacts in the NT
  • identify and manage data, information and resource gaps
  • reduce technical barriers to data and information sharing and availability
  • integrate plausible future scenarios into planning
  • improve access to cohesive disaster risk information and communication capabilities to deliver actionable disaster risk data and information
  • long-term and solution-driven research, innovation and knowledge practices, and disaster risk education
  • improve disclosure of disaster risk to all stakeholders.

Projects that will equip decision-makers with the requisite knowledge, skills and abilities to make timely and informed decisions to reduce disaster risk and manage residual risk:

  • identify disaster risks and mitigation opportunities in the NT
  • build the capability and capacity of decision-makers to address disaster risk in policy, program and investment decisions
  • establish incentives, and address disincentives and barriers in reducing disaster risk
  • planning and development practices that help the NT adapt to rapid social, economic, environmental and cultural change
  • promote compliance with, and embed resilience requirements into relevant NT standards, codes and specifications.

Projects that pursue investment in disaster risk initiatives to minimise the cost of disasters when they occur (i.e. Build Back Better) and promote resilience:

  • pursue collaborative commercial financing options for disaster risk reduction initiatives
  • develop disaster risk reduction investment tools to provide practical guidance on investment mechanisms in the NT
  • leverage existing and future NT and Australian government programs to fund priority risk reduction measures
  • identify additional current and future potential funding streams
  • improve the accessibility, variety and uptake of insurance in the NT
  • empower Territory communities, individuals and small businesses to make informed and sustainable investments.

Projects that support or improve emergency management governance and culture to reduce disaster risk:

  • support and enable Territory-led and owned disaster risk reduction efforts
  • incentives for improved transparency of disaster risk ownership through personal and business transactions
  • consistent reporting on disaster risk reduction efforts and outcomes in the NT
  • create clear governance pathways for pursuing disaster risk reduction projects.

Funding rounds

Read about the funding rounds for each year.

The 2022-23 NTRRP funding round closed on 31 March 2022.

Applications are currently being assessed.

This funding round was open to:

  • local governments
  • not-for-profit organisations with emergency management responsibilities
  • research institutions with project endorsement from an emergency management organisation
  • Northern Territory Government departments.

Eligible applicants could apply for funding to a maximum of $150,000 per project (exclusive of GST). Funding above this amount may be considered where the applicant makes a significant co-contribution, or the project will result in significant disaster risk reduction in the NT.

Documents for local governments, eligible not-for-profit organisations and research institutions

Documents for NT Government departments

Department of Environment, Parks and Water Security

The following projects received funding under the 2021-22 NTRRP funding round:

Flood studies

Flood studies will be undertaken for the following locations:

  • Beswick
  • Borroloola
  • Nauiyu

The studies will result in a series of shapes which when overlaid on land maps show the extent of flooding at predicted river heights. This will provide rapid flood intelligence to emergency management staff during flooding events.

Additionally, maps which identify 1:20, 1:50 and 1:100 year flood events for use in development and land planning will also be produced.

Northern Territory Seasonal Bushfire Risk Assessment

The project will develop a quantitative method for determining long range (seasonal) bushfire outlook for the NT.

The Seasonal Bushfire Risk Assessment will allow relevant agencies to identify when the fire season will occur, the expected severity, where to focus prevention efforts and recommended prevention efforts.


NTRRP Manager - Department of the Chief Minister and Cabinet
08 8999 6693

Last updated: 28 April 2022

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