Northern Territory Risk Reduction Program

Organisations in the Northern Territory (NT) may be able to receive funding for projects that reduce the risks and limit the impacts of natural disasters.

This is through the NT Risk Reduction Program (NTRRP), which is jointly-funded under a National Partnership Agreement (NPA) between the:

  • Australian Government and
  • NT Government.

The NTRRP is managed by the Department of Chief Minister and Cabinet with funding available until the end of the 2023/24 financial year.

What you can apply for

You may receive up to $150,000 per project.

Funding above this amount may be approved if:

  • you make a substantial co-contribution or
  • your project significantly reduces the risks and limits the impacts of natural disasters in the NT.

What projects can be funded

The NTRRP may fund projects that:

  • deliver one or more of the National Disaster Risk Reduction Framework priorities:
    • understand disaster risk
    • accountable decisions
    • governance, ownership and responsibility
    • enhanced investment
  • contribute to reducing the risks and limiting the impacts of one or more of the 7 natural hazards - bushfires, tropical cyclones, storms, earthquakes, heatwaves, floods and tsunami
  • use Territory businesses, local materials and where appropriate, competitive processes
  • include a risk assessment and management strategies.

Read more about the framework on the Australian Government’s National Emergency Management Agency website.

Examples of eligible projects

  • Research disaster risk in communities or across the NT
  • Develop policy or tools for preparing for and managing natural disasters
  • Deliver training or capability development activities
  • Undertake public education or community engagement

Examples of ineligible projects

  • Work that has already started or been completed
  • A project that:
    • will not be done in the NT or doesn’t benefit NT communities
    • conflicts with existing emergency management arrangements
  • Buying a capital asset
  • Buying land or a building e.g. buy-back schemes
  • Buy or conduct works to an asset that will not be owned or controlled by an applicant
  • Protect or provide a commercial advantage for the applicant

How to apply

You can apply from 13 March to 21 April 2023.

How you apply depends on your organisation type.

Non-government organisations

To apply as a non-government organisation, follow these steps:

Step 1. Read the NTRRP guidelines.

NTRRP guidelines DOCX (4.8 MB)
NTRRP guidelines PDF (675.3 KB)

Step 2. Apply online through GrantsNT.

Government organisations

To apply as a government organisation, follow these steps:

Step 1. Read the NTRRP guidelines.

NTRRP guidelines DOCX (4.8 MB)
NTRRP guidelines PDF (675.3 KB)

Step 2. Fill in the NTRRP application, project work plan, project budget and risk register.

NTRRP application  DOCX (62.8 KB)
NTRRP application PDF (188.0 KB)

NTRRP project work plan DOCX (55.8 KB)
NTRRP project work plan PDF (102.3 KB)

NTRRP project budget DOCX (59.8 KB)
NTRRP project budget PDF (140.3 KB)

NTRRP risk register DOCX (56.4 KB)
NTRRP risk register PDF (82.4 KB)

Step 3. Submit your application by email to

After you apply

After you’ve submitted your application, you will be notified of the outcome in writing.

All decisions are final and there is no appeal process.

If you’re successful

If your project is approved, you will enter into a formal agreement with the NT Government.

This agreement will align with the conditions of the program.

Previous projects

Read about the funding rounds for each year.

Animal Management In Rural & Remote Indigenous Communities (AMRRIC) A guide to emergency management response for companion animals A guide to provide local government authorities and municipal service providers with managing animal welfare emergency responses. It will include information on key animal welfare considerations, including cultural considerations, data to collect, how to use the data to evaluate the response required and management strategies to respond to different emergencies, such as floods, cyclones, fire and social unrest.
Animal Management In Rural and Remote Indigenous Communities (AMRRIC) Disaster preparedness: filling gaps in information to inform animal welfare response in West Arnhem Address a gap in companion animal data in the West Arnhem region using a phone application to undertake a census of companion animals in Maningrida, Gunbalanya, Minjilang and Warruwi and key outstations. This data will be used to determine companion animal populations and health data sets which may be used in emergency management responses.
Charles Darwin University Scoping requirements for NT remote and very remote disaster waste management Provide clear steps for the establishment of effective waste management plans, including protocols and practices for remote NT communities in the aftermath of disasters. This will be achieved by reviewing existing literature on disaster waste management and conducting in-depth case studies of experiences managing disaster waste in 3 East Arnhem remote communities.
Department of Industry, Tourism and Trade Development of standardised approach for the provision of financial assistance for eligible disaster-related events Establish a robust policy framework and public communications package supported by information systems for the administration of the Disaster Relief Funding Arrangements (DRFA). This will position the NTG to rapidly and efficiently respond to requirements for Category B DRFA for small business, primary producers, and non-profit organisations.
Department of the Chief Minister and Cabinet Emergency recovery capability development Address gaps in the emergency recovery capabilities of local recovery coordinators and their teams by developing a recovery policy framework and a training package for recovery coordinators. The newly developed recovery training and doctrine will be tested through an exercise program.
Department of the Chief Minister and Cabinet Resource sharing capability Review existing recovery resource sharing capability (including people, resources, systems, processes and governance) and undertake work to improve all resource sharing arrangements into, and out of the NT in consultation with relevant stakeholders.
Department of Environment, Parks and Water Security Building fire management resilience capability Create new communication pathways with Bushfires NT stakeholders, raise Bushfires NT’s public profile and increase Bushfire Volunteer capacity and landholder compliance. This will mainly be achieved by reviewing and updating the resources available to stakeholders and redesigning the Bushfires NT webpage.
Department of Industry, Tourism and Trade Development of an agency emergency call centre capability Conduct a review of current agency standing and emergency call centre capability to identify gaps. The review will document current organic capability, processes and procedures for the establishment of all hazards (non ‘000’) emergency call centres to ensure the NTG is positioned to respond quickly to any requirements for emergency call centres.
Northern Territory Emergency Service (NTES) Development of an emergency service digital mapping capability NTES have identified a need for better mapping capabilities and geospatial solutions to support their operational responses. This project will improve these capabilities by engaging an organisation/person to manage the procurement and rollout of a hardware/mapping software system for a trial period. As part of the trial, the person will undertake an analysis of the trial hardware/software and the supporting systems required to achieve an operational capability across the agency.

Department of Environment, Parks and Water Security Flood studies – Beswick, Borroloola and Nauiyu Trialling a flood mapping platform for potential use in the NT. The platform will be assessed for its ability to enable emergency planners to quickly access information required for informed operational decisions in a rapidly changing situation before and during flood events.
Bushfires NT - Department of Environment, Parks and Water Bushfire Risk Assessment Planning and Evaluation Toolkit The objective of this project is to improve the scientific basis for identifying seasonal bushfire potential in the NT. This is being achieved through development of a landscape scale seasonal bushfire potential model and a risk assessment and planning toolkit to assist NT fire management agencies in making strategic decisions such as resource planning, prescribed fire management and community preparedness with the aim to reduce the negative impacts of damaging wildfires.

Department of Environment, Parks and Water Security Flood Extent Mapping Project Flood mapping graphically represents the extent of actual and predicted impact of flooding and therefore the impact on people and property, road and air access and areas of high risk due to the combination of water depth and velocity. The project provides a series of flood extent shapes based on river height increments at a number of locations at risk of flooding in the NT.
Aboriginal Resource and Development Services (ARDS) Securing accessibility of disaster information in East Arnhem Land Enhance the capability, reliability and role of Yolŋu Radio as a key channel for emergency information across East Arnhem Land, and particularly for residents in the 48 homelands of the region.
Charles Darwin University Online high resolution burnt area mapping Provide a detailed history of bushfire activity over time for the greater Darwin and Katherine regions, made available online. The information allows users to conduct assessments of fire risk and conduct informed on-ground strategic fuel reduction activities.
Department of the Chief Minister and Cabinet Essential services infrastructure mapping Map interdependencies in the essential service and critical infrastructure sectors and supply systems in the NT. This information will be used to identify the consequential impacts of natural disasters to capture the flow-on effects to essential services, critical infrastructure and the broader community.
Department of the Chief Minister and Cabinet NT Disaster Risk Assessment Framework The Framework aims to provide an evidence base for risk mitigation decisions. It will examine the probability of loss, dependent on hazard, exposure and vulnerability. It will be incorporated into the emergency management arrangements of the Northern Territory and will facilitate improved planning and preparedness and enhanced policy elements (such as town planning) by identifying the likely impacts from these risks. The emphasis of the Framework is on reducing the risks and limiting the impacts of natural disasters; however, the Framework is intended to have the flexibility to be applied to all hazards.


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Last updated: 23 May 2023

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