The Council Flood Support Fund has been established as an initial measure to provide immediate payments of $500,000 to local government areas that have experienced the most significant flood damage.

What can the funding be used for?

Activities supported through the fund include the collection and removal of debris deposited on council parks, reserves and community assets, transportation costs, staffing and restoration of community services.

This support is in addition to existing Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements.

Do councils apply for payments from the Fund?

The local government areas which receive funding from the Council Flood Support Fund have been identified on the basis of their relative flood impact.

As the impacts of the significant flooding event continue, other councils may be considered for inclusion in the fund.

Councils do not need to apply.

Councils Eligible for Funding

  • Alpine Shire Council
  • Ararat Rural City Council
  • Ballarat City Council
  • Benalla Rural City Council
  • Baw Baw Shire Council
  • Buloke Shire Council
  • Campaspe Shire Council
  • Central Goldfields Shire Council
  • Colac Otway Shire Council
  • Corangamite Shire Council
  • East Gippsland Shire Council
  • Gannawarra Shire Council
  • Glenelg Shire Council
  • Greater Bendigo City Council
  • Greater Shepparton City Council
  • Golden Plains Shire
  • Hepburn Shire Council
  • Hindmarsh Shire Council
  • Horsham Rural City Council
  • Indigo Shire Council
  • Loddon Shire Council
  • Macedon Ranges Shire Council
  • Mansfield Shire Council
  • Maribyrnong City Council
  • Mildura Rural City Council
  • Mitchell Shire Council
  • Moira Shire Council
  • Moonee Valley City Council
  • Moorabool Shire Council
  • Mount Alexander Shire Council
  • Moyne Shire Council
  • Murrindindi Shire Council
  • Northern Grampians Shire Council
  • Pyrenees Shire Council
  • Southern Grampians Shire Council
  • Strathbogie Shire Council
  • Surf Coasrt Shire Council
  • Swan Hill Rural City
  • Towong Shire Council
  • Wangaratta Rural City Council
  • Warrnambool City Council
  • Wodonga City Council
  • Yarra Ranges Shire Council
  • Yarriambiack Shire council

Why didn’t my council receive any funding?

The local government areas which receive funding from the Council Flood Support Fund have been identified on the basis of their relative flood impact.

As the impacts of the October 2022 floods continue to be felt across the State, the Victorian Government will continue to monitor and assess what support is required for communities.

How do councils receive the money for the fund?

Local Government Victoria is establishing funding agreements with each eligible council. Upon signing, funds will be paid immediately.

Any unspent funds will be recovered by the Department at the end of the funding period.

Is the amount restricted to $500,000 for an individual council?

Those councils that have incurred the most significant flood impacts will be eligible to receive additional payments of up to $500,000 as and when they have fully committed their previous allocations under the Fund.

The nine councils with the most severe flood impacts that are now eligible to receive a second payment of $500,000 are:

  • Benalla Rural City Council
  • Buloke Shire Council
  • Campaspe Shire Council
  • Gannawarra Shire Council
  • Greater Shepparton City Council
  • Loddon Shire Council
  • Mitchell Shire Council
  • Strathbogie Shire Council
  • Swan Hill Rural City Council

Local Government Victoria will work directly with the relevant councils to ascertain their eligibility to receive additional payments.

What other support is available?

A range of support has been made available to Victorians affected by the October 2022 floods.

For further information, please visit https://www.vic.gov.au/october-2022-flood-recovery.