Federal Member for Hume Angus Taylor is urging locals to get their projects lined up now for the $150 million first round of the Preparing Australian Communities Program – Local, ahead of the opening of applications on December 10.

“Grants from $20,000 to $10 million will be available for eligible projects that help to assess and plan for disaster risk, increase capacity and raise awareness of disaster risk, or deliver resilient infrastructure for local communities,” Mr Taylor said. 

A key component of the Australian Government’s $600 million Preparing Australia Program has been launched, with the guidelines for the first stream of the program now available for communities. 

“The Government is investing heavily in initiatives to help the nation prepare for natural hazards. Round One will focus on building community resilience to bushfires, tropical cyclones and floods,” Mr Taylor said  

In May 2021, Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced the $600 million Preparing Australia Program in response to the recommendations of the Royal Commission into National Natural Disaster Arrangements to bring a greater focus to disaster risk reduction.

Guidelines, Frequently Asked Questions, a sample application form, and support resources are available at www.business.gov.au/grants-and-programs/preparing-australian-communities-local-stream.