Tropical Cyclone Seroja primary industries response

We are assisting Western Australian primary industries affected by the impact of Tropical Cyclone Seroja, as part of a whole of government response to the severe weather event.
DPIRD image of a tree on the road following Tropical Cyclone Seroja

The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) is assisting Western Australian primary industries affected by the impact of Tropical Cyclone Seroja.

Tropical Cyclone Seroja has caused significant damage to communities in the Goldfields-Midlands and Midwest Gascoyne regions. The focus is now on recovery to make the impacted areas safe and support the communities to get back on their feet. Find out more about the broad range of services to assist with recovery at the Department of Fire and Emergency Services’ Cyclone Seroja Recovery page.

Premier’s Grant – Severe Tropical Cyclone Seroja Residential Relief Payment – CLOSED

The state government is providing a one-off payment of $4,000 per household to residents (owners or tenants) who had their primary place of residence damaged or destroyed, including those on farming properties. The payment is to assist with expenses, such as securing temporary accommodation, purchasing food and securing emergency transport.

Find out if you are eligible and apply for a relief payment

Damage assessment/impact survey 

The ‘Primary industries damage assessment/impact survey’ has been completed and the period for submissions has now closed.

DPIRD has assessed the data and will provide a report for the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) to inform considerations about possible future recovery support measures.

Stay up to date with developments by revisiting this webpage or the DFES Cyclone Seroja Recovery webpage.

Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements

A number of Mid West and Wheatbelt local government areas have been made eligible to receive financial assistance through the jointly funded Commonwealth-State Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements.

This includes the local government areas of Carnamah, Carnarvon, Chapman Valley, Coorow, Dalwallinu, Dandaragan, Greater Geraldton, Irwin, Koorda, Mingenew, Morawa, Mount Marshall, Northampton, Perenjori, Shark Bay and Three Springs.

A range of other practical assistance measures is available, such as grants for professional advice, interest rate subsidies, freight subsidies, fencing reimbursement and other measures. 

Find out more about the Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements or refer to the measures to assist primary producers. You can also see an overview of the assistance available for primary producers.

Animals in Emergencies State Support Plan

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DPIRD has activated the Animals in Emergencies State Support Plan to coordinate animal welfare efforts and provide affected local governments with additional resources to attend to issues arising from the impact of the cyclone.

All animal welfare issues for livestock and companion animals should be directed to Local Government shires and cities.

Find out more about animal welfare in emergencies.

Issues arising from TC Seroja

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DPIRD is working with the Grower Group Alliance and Regional Development Commissions to identify any issues that have or may emerge from the impact of TC Seroja on agribusinesses and primary industries.

If your agricultural business has been impacted by TC Seroja please contact your local DPIRD office or email tcseroja@dpird.wa.gov.au

Financial support and wellbeing

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A range of financial, family and wellbeing support services is available. Find out more about rural support services.

Page reviewed 23 July 2021