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Responding to natural disasters can put significant financial pressure on councils. In recognition of this, the Tasmanian Government provides funding to councils for eligible recovery activities under the Tasmanian Relief and Recovery Arrangements: Natural Disaster Relief to Local Government Policy.
The Natural Disaster Relief to Local Government Policy was updated in 2018 and will apply from 1 November 2018 in respect of eligible natural disasters that occur on or after that date. All eligible natural disasters occurring up to and including 31 October 2018 will be governed by previous versions of the Policy.
Under the Policy, councils determine what assistance it makes available to individuals and communities and prioritises recovery activities.
When the Policy has been activated, the Tasmanian Government may fund up to 75 per cent of eligible assistance measures made available by councils to individuals and communities. Eligible assistance measures may include:
The Tasmanian Relief and Recovery Arrangements: Natural Disaster Relief to Local Government Policy, and associated guidelines are available below: