Northern Territory Risk Reduction Program

The Northern Territory Risk Reduction Program is a competitive grants program established under a National Partnership Agreement with the Australian Government on Disaster Risk Reduction.

The Northern Territory Risk Reduction Program aims to reduce the risks and limit the impacts of natural disasters in the Northern Territory by maximising opportunities to better understand natural disasters, enhance investment and improve governance. The initiative will deliver on the priorities, five year outcomes and 2030 goals of the National Disaster Risk Reduction Framework.


The NTRRP will deliver grant funding for eligible projects that deliver on the priorities outlined in the National Partnership Agreement on Disaster Risk Reduction and National Disaster Risk Reduction Framework.

Understanding disaster risk

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.

Accountable decision making

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.

Enhanced investment

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.

Governance, ownership and responsibility

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.

Applications for the 2021-22 funding round are now closed. Applications are currently being assessed and applicants will be notified of outcomes in due course.

All projects were assessed by the Assessments Panel and Steering Committee which found a total of seven projects suitable for funding:

Aboriginal Resource and Development Services Aboriginal Corporation (ARDS)

Securing accessibility of disaster information in East Arnhem Land

ARDS will secure the accessibility of Yolŋu Radio as a key channel for disaster resilience, preparedness and response information for the nearly 800 residents of homelands across East Arnhem Land through network upgrades and major education and training initiatives.

Charles Darwin University

On-line High Resolution Burnt Area Mapping

The project will provide high-resolution mapping of burnt areas through the active fire season in the greater Darwin and Katherine to support strategic fuel reduction activities and emergency response. This data will be provided through Northern Australian Fire Information allowing users to conduct rapid assessments of fire risk.

Department of Environment, Parks and Water Security

Gamba and Fire Mitigation

The threat posed by gamba grass is recognised at a national level. Destructive gamba grass fires, which generally occur late in the dry season, are significantly more intense and have been recorded at 48000kWm2 compared to 2000kW/m2 of native grass fires. This threat is heightened in the Northern Fire Protection Zone (NFPZ), which receives a high annual rainfall encouraging the growth of gamba grass. The project will increase education and landholder awareness of gamba fire risk to improve managing fire risks; and improve the compliance of gamba grass, fire break/fuel load compliance programs.

Trial Flood Warning and Management Platform

Flood Warning and Management Platforms provide a repository for spatial flood overlays for design events and at reference flood heights, as well as infrastructure overlays, documentary flood intelligence and emergency response plans in a single, fit-for-purpose platform easily accessed and navigated by emergency operations staff. The Flood Warning and Management Platform will provide disaster recovery planners with tools to assess expected damages and plan recovery response based on predicted flood heights while an event is occurring.

Reference Flood Extent Mapping for Emergency Response Management

Existing flood extent mapping is produced for land use planning purposes and is based on probabilistic design events that rarely relate to actual flood events. Design events also rarely reference local river height gauges and as such are not fit-for-purpose for emergency planning and operational response during a flood event. The project will produce a series of reference flood extent shapes for each location to provide emergency planners and responders with flood extent mapping.

Department of the Chief Minister and Cabinet

Essential Services Infrastructure Mapping Project

The project will capture the consequential flow-on impacts of natural disasters to essential service providers and the community through developing a common operating picture of interconnected vulnerabilities. This will provide greater information availability to inform and improve resilience, reduce risk and overall limit the impacts associated with disasters on the NT community.

NT Disaster Risk Assessment Framework

The Framework will support decision makers in all phases of emergency management by providing a structure for the identification, assessment and treatment of risks posed by natural disasters in the Northern Territory. This Framework will be incorporated into the emergency management arrangements of the Northern Territory and will reduce the risks of natural disasters across all phases of emergency management.

Last updated: 09 March 2021

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