From 1944 various Committees have been constituted by the Premier to provide relief to persons suffering hardship following natural disasters. The Committees have met as required and been known by various titles including Emergency Relief, Bushfire Relief, Flood Relief, etc.. From 1978 to 1983 the Committee was known as the Natural Disaster Relief Committee. The functions of the Committees have included:
* Obtaining assessments of damage caused by natural disasters. * Recommending the forms of financial assistance after each disaster. * Seeking the cooperation of agencies engaged in the rehabilitation process. * Coordinating the activities of agencies providing relief in the post-disaster phase.
Secretarial support was provided by the Department of Premier and Cabinet.