Resilient Homes Program
The Resilient Homes Program is providing assistance to homeowners to improve the flood-resilience of residential properties in the Northern Rivers.
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Recovery is a long and difficult process. Each person and community progress through their recovery at different speeds. Support services can be found on the Healthy North Coast wesbite.
If you have been affected by floods, Recovery Support Services (RSS) (PDF 216.57KB) are available to you. You will be linked with a recovery support worker who can help you access disaster assistance packages. Support in your region can be found in the fact sheets.
Flood mapping and analysis will support the Resilient Homes Program.
The flood mapping and analysis indicates specific areas across the Northern Rivers which pose the greatest risk to life in most floods. This information is used to prioritise homes.
Homeowners will be assessed against eligibility and risk criteria for assistance under the Resilient Homes Program.
The following eligibility criteria must be met:
- the applicant must be the registered homeowner (owner-occupied or landlord) of a residential dwelling in the Ballina, Byron, Clarence Valley, Kyogle, Lismore, Richmond Valley or Tweed LGAs currently and immediately prior to the flood event (22 February 2022), and
- the residential dwelling was directly damaged by either flood waters in the Flood Event or landslip caused by the flood event, and
- the residential dwelling:
- was used primarily for residential accommodation
- was not a moveable dwelling (other than a manufactured home that is privately owned by an individual)
- was not a tourist and visitor accommodation, and
- is not operated for commercial or business purposes where the use is not for housing (for example, a caravan park, hotel, motel).
To qualify for assistance, the homeowner or the residential dwelling must also meet at least one of the following risk criteria:
- Home Buyback stream – the residence is classified under the Resilient Homes Program as being at ‘severe risk’ or a decision is made that the homeowner should qualify because of ‘individual circumstance’ or ‘exceptional circumstance’ (through an appeals claim), or
- Home Raising stream – the residence is classified under the Resilient Homes Program as being at ‘moderate risk’ or a decision is made that the homeowner should qualify because of ‘individual circumstance’ or ‘exceptional circumstance’ (through an appeals claim)
- Home Retrofit stream – the residence is classified under the Resilient Homes Program as being at ‘likely risk’ or a decision is made that the homeowner should qualify because of ‘individual circumstance’ or ‘exceptional circumstance’ (through an appeals claim).
For more information, please read the Resilient Homes Program Guideline
The criteria used to determine properties and locations that are not prioritised for this program are:
- properties that are not located within the seven affected local government areas in the Northern Rivers
- property’s primary purpose is business, commercial, primary producing
- caravan parks
- properties over 5 hectares
- properties valued over two million dollars.
The application process
What information is asked for in your application
The Resilient Homes Program commenced customer outreach from November 2022.
From Monday 4 September 2023 if you apply for the Flood Property Assessment Program (FPAP) or Disaster Relief Grant (DRG) and have not applied for the Resilient Homes Program, you will need to complete a separate registration for the Resilient Homes Program.
If you were engaged in the FPAP or DRG programs before Monday 4 September 2023 you will be contacted automatically and do not need to complete a registration for the Resilient Homes Program.
Please note your eligibility under the Resilient Homes Program is not affected by your participation in the Flood Property Assessment Program.
Complete the online application form on the Resilient Homes Program website.
A member of our team will contact you to discuss what’s involved and connect you with a case manager if you need one. They will talk to you about your property that was damaged by the February and March 2022 flood event.
If you have started an application form but need assistance in completing it, including uploading documents, our case managers can help you do this. You can make an appointment or drop into one of our pop-up locations (PDF 216.57KB) or call us on 1800 844 085.
Please compile these supporting documents to attach to the form:
- photo ID for each homeowner (for sighting by a case manager)
- insurance policies from the time of the flood, if relevant
- copies of leases or tenancy agreements, if relevant
- details of insurance payouts or declined payouts after the flood, if relevant
- photos of the property before and after the flood
- receipts for any renovations done after the flood
- evidence of name changes since you purchased the property, if relevant.
Note: As part of the application process, the NRRC will store and protect personal information until no longer required, and may share information with partner agencies as part of the course and delivery of work.
The NRRC and NSW Government Agencies must comply with the Privacy and Personal Information Act 1998 and Health Records and Information Privacy Act 2002, which regulate the storage, use and disclosure of personal information held by Government Agencies.
Start the application
Start the application
After the application is submitted
Once you have submitted your application, the NSW Reconstruction Authority will review your application and contact you through your preferred contact method with the outcome of your prioritisation.
Indicatively Prioritised homeowners will be contacted by a case manager who will engage with homeowners at various stages of the assessment process and:
- advise what their indicative prioritisation is, i.e. Home Buyback, Home Raising or Retrofit
- advise what the assessment process considers
- take this opportunity to gather any additional information that the homeowner may not have submitted at the time of their application
- arrange an appointment for a home visit to undertake an inspection at the homeowner’s property/s if required.
A home visit will facilitate either:
- a home valuation by an independent valuer appointed by the NSW Reconstruction Authority (if the property may be suitable for the Home Buyback stream) or
- a home assessment by the NSW Reconstruction Authority (if the property may be suitable for either the Home Raising or Home Retrofit stream).
A Case Manager will attend alongside a valuer. At this time required identification checks will be completed.
A valuation is another form of assessment and does not guarantee a Home Buyback offer. However, a valuation is required to inform the letter of offer.
Note: A home visit may not be required for homeowners who have already received a Home Assessment under the Flood Property Assessment Program (FPAP) or Disaster Relief Grant (DRG). The information compiled in these assessments is provided to the NSW Reconstruction Authority for consideration.
Assessments will be reviewed and approved by the Resilient Homes Program Approval Panel prior to the homeowner receiving an offer.
Prioritised homeowners will receive an offer for either:
- a buyback of the property whereby the homeowner receives a payment for the purchase of the property, or
- a provision of grants of works package under the Home Raising stream up to the value of $100,000 (GST inclusive) towards the cost of elevating the liveable areas of the residence and associated retrofitting, or
- provision of grant of works package up to the value of $50,000 (GST inclusive) towards the cost of retrofitting and/or repair work of on the residential dwelling to incorporate flood resilient design and materials in liveable areas. The grant may be in the way of a funding grant or a works package, to be determined on a case-by-case basis.
Homeowners may also be able to opt-in to a co-contribution arrangement with the NSW Reconstruction Authority, if the cost estimate of works is more than the grant value.
Seeking an internal review or appeal
To find out the circumstances where a homeowner can seek an internal review or appeal, visit internal review and appeals.
Responding to an offer
Once the offer is made, a homeowner has 90 days to consider their offer. Homeowners will then have the following options:
Accept the offer
- Homeowners must sign and return an accepted signed letter of offer and any other paperwork.
- Acceptance will activate the process of agreeing a contract for the applicable stream (i.e., a contract for sale of the property under the Home Buyback stream, or a funding for grants of works contract under the Home Raising stream or the Home Retrofit stream, plus any other documents which are needed). The Scope of Works Agreements/Purchase Contract will set out the scope of works (if applicable) and the terms and conditions under which the funding for grant of works package will be provided.
Reject the offer
- Homeowners must sign and return a rejected letter of offer.
- Rejection of an offer is not legally binding.
Note: Not returning a letter of offer after 90 days is automatically deemed as a rejected offer asper the provisions outlined in the letter of offer.
Request an internal review OR appeal Decision 2, 3 or 4
Decisions for which homeowners can seek an internal review or appeal:
- Homeowners must advise their case manager what path they would like to undertake, i.e., an internal review or appeal.
- The Case Manager will link the appropriate form to the Homeowners application via Smarty Grants for the homeowner to complete and submit.
Request an extension to consider their offer
- Homeowners must provide in writing extenuating circumstances as to why 90 days was not sufficient time to consider their letter of offer. (This must be approved by an executive).
- Seeking an internal review or appeal is not grounds for an extension.
For non prioritised homeowners
Non prioritised homeowners who have been notified by a phone call and in writing can:
- Request an internal review OR appeal of Decision 1.
- Submit for an internal review or appeal via the Resilient Homes Program online appeals page.
Internal review and appeals
Homeowners who are dissatisfied with a Resilient Homes Program decision can request an internal review or lodge an appeal.
This must be done within 90 days of receiving written notice of that decision, or, if a homeowner is submitting an appeal following an internal review, this must be submitted within 30 days of receiving writing notice of the internal review decision.
Information for tenants
If you are a tenant living in a home that is prioritised for a home buyback under the Resilient Homes Program, information for tenants is available.
The NSW Reconstruction Authority will ensure complaints are promptly and properly dealt with.
We are committed to responding to external complaints fairly, efficiently and effectively. Our external complaint management system is designed to:
- enable NSW Reconstruction Authority to respond to issues raised by people making complaints in a timely and effective way
- strengthen accountability
- enhance public confidence in our administrative processes
- provide information that can be used by NSW Reconstruction Authority to deliver quality improvements in our services.
Please contact us to make a complaint.
- Resilient Homes Program FAQs
- Register for the Resilient Homes Program
- Resilient Homes Program Guideline (PDF 397.41KB)
- Resilient Homes Program Easy English Guides
- Resilient Homes Program Plain English (PDF 3.67MB)
- Home Buyback Fact Sheet and FAQs (PDF 139.24KB)
- Home Buyback Fact Sheet Information Collection (PDF 99.99KB)
- Home Buyback Fact Sheet Insurance Considerations (PDF 108.95KB)
- Home Buyback Fact Sheet Property Purchase (PDF 81.59KB)
- Home Buyback Fact Sheet Valuation (PDF 101.02KB)
- Home Buyback Fact Sheet Offer (PDF 108.36KB)
- Home Raising and Home Retrofit Fact Sheet (PDF 173.16KB)
- How homes are prioritised Fact Sheet (PDF 339.16KB)
- Resilient Homes Program - Flood Resilient Design Framework (PDF 8.68MB)
- Resilient Homes Program - Community Pop-Ups