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Wayne Swan

Deputy Prime Minister and Treasurer

3 December 2007 - 27 June 2013

8 February 2013

National Partnership Agreement to Deliver for Queensland

Joint media release with
Senator the Hon Joe Ludwig
Minister Assisting on Queensland Floods Recovery

The Gillard and Newman Governments have today signed a National Partnership Agreement (NPA) that will deliver for the rebuilding of Queensland.

The agreement streamlines assessment processes, fast tracks urgent assistance and cuts red tape between Governments.

For the first time, the NPA covers the damage caused by the floods and cyclones from November 2010 through to February 2013. It strengthens and complements the long standing Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA) to reflect the needs of Queensland. The NPA ensures all levels of Government can work together to get Queensland back on its feet as quickly as possible.

The agreement locks in a proven model for delivering for the Queensland recovery and rebuild. The Queensland Reconstruction Authority (QRA) acts centrally to lead and oversee the recovery operations while the Commonwealth Taskforce provides oversight and coordination of Commonwealth interests. Finally, the Australian Government Reconstruction Inspectorate is charged with delivering value for money for all Australian taxpayers.

The Agreement paves the way for Category C and Category D applications to be quickly brought forward by the State Government and assessed by the Commonwealth.

The NPA includes specific measures to allow sporting, recreation and community facilities affected by the 2013 floods and ex-cyclone Oswald to be eligible for joint funding.

Governments have also agreed to develop frameworks for both betterment and the appropriate standards for the reconstruction of assets including roads. Both will be agreed within the next two weeks.