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National Emergency Management Projects FAQs

Is my organisation eligible to apply for a NEMP grant?

To be eligible for NEMP funding, applicants must have received an invitation to apply. Organisations eligible to be invited to apply for a NEMP grant include:

  • Australian Government agencies
  • state and territory government agencies
  • non-government agencies , including companies
  • the not-for-profit sector
  • Universities and academic bodies.

In order to be able to enter into a Funding Agreement with the Commonwealth Attorney-General's Department, funded organisations must have an Australian Business Number (ABN).

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What activities are eligible for funding?

Activities carried out under the NEMP will address specific ANZEMC sub-committee project proposals. These may include, but are not limited to, nationally relevant:

  • frameworks
  • training packages
  • workshops
  • research and development initiatives
  • evaluations of existing emergency management programmes.

In the context of the NEMP programme, a national activity must benefit the whole nation or three or more states or territories to be eligible to received funding. State-based activities are ineligible for funding unless there is a demonstrated commitment by at least three jurisdictions to utilise the activity outputs.

Activities ineligible for NEMP funding:

  • ongoing maintenance/sustainment of emergency management capabilities
  • activities for which other Australian, state, territory, or local government bodies have primary responsibilities
  • projects already commenced under other funding arrangements or programs
  • expenses incurred prior to a funding agreement being executed
  • large-scale capital equipment and capital works, including purchase or lease of land and/or purchase, construction or maintenance of buildings
  • fundraising and sponsorship
  • costs incurred in the preparation of a grant application or related documentation
  • overseas travel
  • conference travel and registration fees.

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My organisation has identified a project that will contribute to national emergency management capability. How does my organisation apply for a NEMP grant?

From 2016-17 funding round onwards, organisations must receive an invitation to apply for NEMP funding. If your organisation would like to propose a specific project proposal please complete the project proposal form available on the main NEMP page and send it to nationalprojects@ag.gov.au before 11:59pm AEDT on 19 February 2016. This information will be provided to the relevant ANZEMC sub-committee for consideration and a representative of the sub-committee may contact you to discuss the project proposal further.

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How do I apply for funding and how long do I have to apply?

Organisations must be invited to apply for NEMP funding. The Attorney-General’s Department will invite applications for the 2016-17 funding round in late March 2016.

Invited applicants will have approximately five weeks to complete applications. Applicants must use and address all relevant sections of the NEMP application form which will be distributed to applicants when they are invited to apply for a grant.

An invitation to apply for a NEMP grant does not guarantee that an applicant will receive grant funding.

Organisations interested in being invited to apply for a NEMP grant can register their interest by completing the expression of interest form available from the main NEMP web page.

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How does the expression of interest process work?

The expression of interest process will be used to develop a register of organisations interested in being invited to apply for a NEMP grant. It is one information resource drawn on by the ANZEMC sub-committees to identify organisations with the skills, capabilities and experience to deliver a proposed national emergency management project.

Organisations can submit their details by to the EOI register by completing the NEMP EOI form available on the main NEMP web page and sending it to nationalprojects@ag.gov.au before 11:59pm AEDT on 19 February 2016. AGD will notify organisations within five business days on receipt of the completed form of their inclusion on the register.

Submitting an EOI form does not guarantee an organisation will be invited to apply for a grant or, if they are invited that they will receive grant funding.

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Does my organisation need to be on the expression of interest register to receive an invitation to apply for a NEMP grant?

No, organisations not listed on the register may be invited to submit an application for a NEMP grant. The register is only one source of information that ANZEMC sub-committees can access to identify organisations to deliver a project.

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Are there any requirements that organisations have to meet to be included on the expression of interest register?

Organisations eligible to receive a NEMP grant, as defined in the NEMP Programme Guidelines (available on the main NEMP web page), are able to be included on the expression of interest register. Eligible organisations are:

  • Australian Government agencies
  • state and territory agencies
  • non-government agencies, including companies
  • the not-for-profit sector
  • universities and academic bodies

Organisations that are ineligible for NEMP funding will not be included on the register. Ineligible organisations are those:

  • in in administration/receivership
  • that have had projects terminated by state/territory or Australian Government agencies for performance or integrity reasons

Organisations that have not fulfilled previous grant requirements, including acquittal reports and evaluations, will generally not be considered for NEMP funding, but are eligible to be included on the register.

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Who will have access to the expression of interest register?

Commonwealth and state and territory government agencies, through the ANZEMC sub-committees, will have access to the expression of interest register.

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How long will my details remain on the expression of interest register and how can I update my details?

Organisations will remain on the expression of interest register unless they become ineligible to receive a grant, or they request their details be removed.

Organisations on the register will be invited to update their details annually. Organisations can update their contact details, or request their removal from the register, at any time by contacting nationalprojects@ag.gov.au.

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How will I be notified if my organisation is invited to apply for a NEMP grant?

Organisations will be contacted directly by the Attorney-General’s Department and invited to apply for a NEMP grant. For the 2016-17 funding round, organisations will be contacted in late March 2016 and invited to apply for a grant.

An invitation to apply for a NEMP grant does not guarantee that an organisation will receive grant funding.

How much funding is available under the NEMP program?

Approximately $3 million is available per year under the NEMP programme.

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Is there a limit to the amount of funding I can apply for?

Applications are not limited by a minimum or maximum amount of funding; however the NEMP is a competitive programme. In submitting applications, organisations will need to provide a detailed budget including any evaluation costs associated with the project.

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Can my organisation partner with another organisation?

You may partner with another organisation(s). The lead agency of the project will enter into a Funding Agreement with the Attorney-General's Department and will be responsible for ensuring that all project objectives, outputs and outcomes are achieved, and reporting requirements met.

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Can I apply for funding for a multiple-year project?

Yes, organisations can apply for funding for a multiple-year project; however applications for recurrent funding for ongoing activities are not eligible. All projects must have sustainable standalone outcome(s)/output(s) that can be achieved in each financial year and the total estimated budget per financial year must be included in the application form.

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How are applications assessed?

Applications are reviewed, assessed and prioritised by an assessment panel from the Attorney-General’s Department and the ANZEMC sub-committees in line with the NEMP eligibility requirement and selection criteria.

Applications recommended for funding are then submitted to ANZEMC for recommendation to the Commonwealth Minister for Justice, who makes the final decision on which projects will receive funding. The Minister's decision is final.

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Who will have access to my application?

Applications are made available to ANZEMC sub-committee members, including Commonwealth and state and territory emergency management officials. The NEMP team in the Attorney-General’s Department and the Minister for Justice (and staff in the Minister’s office) will also have access to your application. Any information provided in applications, such as contact details, will be accessible by these parties. Applications will only be made available to relevant parties for the purpose of assessment of the application.

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When will I be notified if my application is successful?

The Minister for Justice makes the final decision on successful applications and following an official announcement, the Attorney-General's Department will advise all applicants on the outcome of their application in writing.

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How can I receive feedback if my application is unsuccessful?

Applicants seeking feedback on their application should contact the NEMP team at nationalprojects@ag.gov.au.

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