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Storm and Flood Industry Recovery Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently asked questions related to the Storm and Flood Industry Recovery Program.

Overview

An eligible applicant must be primarily based in one of the 78 Local Government Areas that were disaster declared under AGRN 954 and AGRN 960 as at July 2021: 

  • Armidale 
  • Ballina 
  • Bathurst 
  • Bega Valley 
  • Bellingen 
  • Blacktown 
  • Blue Mountains 
  • Bogan 
  • Brewarrina 
  • Byron  
  • Cabonne 
  • Camden 
  • Campbelltown 
  • Canterbury-Bankstown 
  • Central Coast 
  • Central Darling 
  • Cessnock City 
  • Clarence Valley 
  • Cobar 
  • Coffs Harbour City 
  • Coonamble  
  • Cumberland  
  • Dungog Shire 
  • Eurobodalla 
  • Fairfield 
  • Georges River 
  • Gilgandra 
  • Glen Innes Severn 
  • Goulburn Mulwaree 
  • Greater Hume 
  • Gunnedah 
  • Gwydir  
  • Hawkesbury 
  • Hornsby 
  • Hunters Hill  
  • Inner West 
  • Inverell  
  • Kempsey 
  • Ku-ring-gai  
  • Kyogle  
  • Lachlan  
  • Lake Macquarie City  
  • Lismore City  
  • Lithgow  
  • Liverpool 
  • Liverpool Plains 
  • Maitland City 
  • Mid-Coast 
  • Moree Plains 
  • Muswellbrook 
  • Nambucca Valley 
  • Narrabri 
  • Narromine 
  • Newcastle City 
  • Northern Beaches 
  • Oberon 
  • Parramatta 
  • Penrith 
  • Port Stephens 
  • Port-Macquarie-Hastings  
  • Queanbeyan-Palerang 
  • Richmond Valley 
  • Shoalhaven 
  • Singleton 
  • Snowy Monaro 
  • Sutherland 
  • Tamworth 
  • Temora  
  • Tenterfield 
  • The Hills 
  • Tweed 
  • Upper Lachlan 
  • Uralla 
  • Walcha 
  • Walgett 
  • Warren  
  • Wingecarribee 
  • Wollondilly 

The $80 million Storm and Flood Industry Recovery Program (SFIRP) is one component of the NSW and Australian governments $200 million Phase Three Storm and Flood Recovery Package. All projects supported through the package are jointly funded by the NSW and Australian governments under the  Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements

The Department of Regional NSW conducted extensive analysis to better understand and document the direct damage experienced from the February and March 2021 storms and floods. This has been supported by direct engagement through state and regional recovery subcommittees, industry working groups and direct consultation with industry representative organisations. This has informed the targeted industries which are prioritised under the SFIRP. 

The SFIRP is managed by the Department of Regional NSW.

The SFIRP Supply Chain Support Grant will be delivered by the Rural Assistance Authority (RAA) as a complementary project to their current Special Disaster Grant (Phase Two). 

The SFIRP Sector Recovery and Resilience Grant will be delivered by the Regional Recovery Programs Team within the Department of Regional NSW. 

SFIRP Supply Chain Support Grant

The SFIRP Supply Chain Support Grant provides direct funding to support the medium to long-term recovery of primary producers in identified industry sectors. 

Funding will support primary producers rebuild and recover in the medium to longer-term with the aim of supporting job security, future resilience and enabling future production. 

For details on the SFIRP Supply Chain Support Grant, including industry guidelines and FAQs please visit the Rural Assistance Authority

SFIRP Sector Recovery and Resilience Grant

The SFIRP Sector Recovery and Resilience Grant provides funding to support sector-wide recovery and resilience building initiatives. The SFIRP Sector Recovery and Resilience Grant will support the medium to long-term recovery and resilience of storm and flood impacted primary industries in NSW. 

Approximately $30 million in funding has been allocated for these grants. 

The SFIRP Sector Recovery and Resilience Grant is designed to support sector-wide recovery and resilience. Projects are required to demonstrate that the activity and/or outcomes will be available and support a diverse industry group. 

While projects for individual businesses may be economically beneficial to a producer, they have limited benefit for the industry as a whole. 

Projects considered for funding under the SFIRP Sector Recovery and Resilience Grant must be primarily focused on recovery from the storm and flood events and build resilience and/or preparedness to future natural disasters in targeted industries. Eligible activities that could be funded under the SFIRP Sector Recovery and Resilience Grant is outlined in the SFIRP Framework.  

Industry engagement will be undertaken to better understand the unique impacts of the storms and floods, and highlight the key recovery needs of industries. Engagement will be led through a Working Group consisting of representatives from key industry organisations and relevant NSW and Australian government agencies.  

Projects will be identified and co-designed by industry and government through the Working Group. Projects will target sector-wide recovery, resilience, and innovation and seek industry investment guidance. Additional industries and organisations may be included in this process upon approval by the Working Group.  

Where an industry has not been outlined as a target industry in the SFIRP Framework, an industry representative(s) can contact the Department of Regional NSW at floods.recovery@regional.nsw.gov.au to request consideration.  

Following initial discussion, the industry will be asked to provide a summary of their recovery needs, including evidence of storm and flood impact, and how the recovery needs can be addressed within the SFIRP Sector Recovery and Resilience Grant. All proposals will be considered by the SFIRP Sector Recovery and Resilience Grant Working Group and industry representatives will be advised on the outcome of their proposal.  
 

Each invited applicant will be required to submit a detailed business case for the proposed project, which will be assessed against the criteria outlined in the SFIRP Framework.  

Business cases will be expected to identify how the project outcome will benefit the broader industry and, as part of their development, demonstrate that comprehensive industry consultation was conducted regarding the proposed project.  

All applications will be assessed by the Department of Regional NSW to confirm they comply with the SFIRP Framework and meet key eligibility requirements. Project alignment with the SFIRP Framework and Assessment Criteria will be assessed by an Assessment Panel who will make funding recommendations based on their review of all eligible applications.  

Successful projects are expected to be announced from March 2022. 

All projects funded by the SFIRP Sector Recovery and Resilience Grant must be completed and all funds expended by 30 May 2024. 

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