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Natural Disaster Recovery Fund

Often it’s only once the dust has settled that the true impact of a disaster is realised.


That’s why Westpac supports the Natural Disaster Recovery Fund1 to help Australian communities recovering from natural disasters.

Since its establishment in 2013, the National Disaster Recovery Fund has provided grants to many community groups affected by natural disasters across Australia.


The National Disaster Recovery Fund complements our other support programs that help communities impacted by a natural disaster, such as the Disaster Relief Package through which we offer immediate financial help to affected individuals.

This builds on the 200 years of support we’ve provided to customers since the Bank of NSW, the predecessor of Westpac Group, launched the first disaster relief fund in Australia to help victims of the Hawkesbury River flood in NSW in 1817-18.

As a member of the Australian Business Roundtable for Disaster Resilience and Safer Communities, we’re working together with business and community organisations to research ways to reduce the impacts of natural disasters and make our communities safer.  

Invitation to apply for 2017 Grant Program

In 2017, the Natural Disaster Recovery Fund will offer grants of up to $10,000 to community groups working on recovery projects in the Queensland regions impacted by Cyclone Debbie in March and Northern New South Wales communities impacted by flood in April.


Community and non-profit organisations working in the following communities are invited to apply for a grant:


  • Whitsunday Coast and surrounding communities with postcodes 4799, 4800, 4801, 4802, 4803, 4804 and 4805;
  • Rockhampton and surrounding communities with postcodes 4700, 4701 and 4702;
  • South East Queensland communities with postcodes 4133, 4207 and 4285; or
  • Northern NSW communities with postcodes 2480, 2484 and 2487.


The 2017 Grant Program will prioritise support for projects that facilitate the social, economic and community recovery and future resiliency of these disaster-affected communities.


These projects may include:


  • Repairs and rebuilding of community infrastructure, to ensure local residents and community groups have places to meet and to coordinate and hold community activities;
  • Regeneration of people and places, recognising that disaster recovery can lead to stress and anxiety, reduced capacity to fundraise and coordinate projects, and health and wellbeing issues among the broader affected community; or
  • Economic development activities that assist with returning tourism and commerce to impacted regions.


Applications must be submitted online.


Applications close at 5pm (AEST) on Friday 15 September 2017.


Applications will be assessed within four weeks of the closing date. The outcome of applications will be announced in October 2017.