Emergency Response Fund (ERF)

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The Emergency Response Fund (ERF) was established on the commencement of the Emergency Response Fund Act 2019  (ERF Act), on 12 December 2019. On establishment, the ERF was credited with the uncommitted balance of the Education Investment Fund, which has now been closed.

The ERF allows the Government to draw up to $200 million in any given year, beyond what is already available to fund emergency response and natural disaster recovery and preparedness, where it determines the existing recovery and resilience-building programs are insufficient to provide an appropriate response to natural disasters.


The ERF Act will give effect to the following:

  • Investment Mandate: the responsible Ministers are required to issue at least one investment mandate to the Future Fund Board of Guardians (Future Fund Board).

  • Crediting amounts to the ERF: the responsible Ministers may, by writing, credit the ERF Special Account with a specified amount or with specified instalments.

  • Debiting amounts from the ERF: from 2019-2020, disbursements (debits) from the ERF can be made subject to the following limits:
  • $150 million available each financial year to fund emergency response and recovery following natural disasters in Australia that have a significant or catastrophic impact; and
    $50 million each financial year to build resilience to, prepare for or reduce the risk of future natural disasters, and build the long-term sustainability of communities that are at risk of being affected by a future natural disaster.

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