Queensland natural disaster assistance

If you are a small business owner or primary producer who has been affected by a natural disaster in Queensland, there may be financial assistance available, as well as a range of support services to help you recover.

Individuals and families can apply for financial support to assist with disaster recovery. Phone the Community Recovery Hotline on 1800 173 349.

Small businesses

Visit QRAA or phone 1800 623 946 to find out if you are eligible for disaster assistance.

For disaster recovery information, see:

Phone the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland's Employer Assistance Line on 1300 731 988 for:

  • advice and support if your business has been forced to close or reduce operations
  • industrial relations advice on managing your staff appropriately and meeting your obligations under the Fair Work Act 2009.

Primary producers

Freight subsidies

Primary producers in affected areas can apply for an Individual Disaster Stricken Property (IDSP) declaration and freight subsidies of up to $5000. Phone 13 25 23 to find out if you are eligible.

Leasehold rent relief

Landholders can apply to have their next leasehold rental payment deferred. Find out more about deferring your rent or instalment.

Support services for primary producers

If your farm has been affected by a natural disaster, find out:

Financial assistance for primary producers affected by drought

Drought Recovery Concessional Loan Scheme

Loans of up to $1 million are now available to assist eligible Queensland farm businesses that have experienced severe drought conditions. These loans can be used to support planting and restocking. They have a maximum loan term of 10 years, with an interest-only period of up to 5 years.
Phone QRAA on 1800 623 946 to find out if you are eligible for a Drought Recovery Concessional Loan.

Drought Concessional Loans Scheme

Low-interest loans up to $1 million are now available to help farm businesses recover from and prepare for future droughts. Find out if you are eligible for a Drought Concessional Loan.

Freight subsidies

Drought-affected primary producers may be eligible for up to $30,000 assistance in the first year from the Queensland Government, including:

  • freight subsidies on fodder and water (during drought)
  • freight subsidies on returning from agistment and restocking (after drought).

If you have already reached the original cap of $20,000 for the first year, you can now access up to $30,000 by completing a drought management plan.

Apply for subsidies using the transport of fodder - freight subsidy application form.

Drought assistance package

Find out about the drought assistance package for primary producers, which includes:

  • land rent relief
  • emergency water infrastructure rebate
  • emergency agistment
  • transport concessions
  • mental health support.

Drought Relief Assistance Scheme (DRAS)

Primary producers in the current drought-declared areas can apply for DRAS.

Use both these forms to apply for a rebate to establish water infrastructure for emergency animal welfare needs:

  1. Water availability statement form (must be completed first)
  2. Emergency water infrastructure rebate - application form

Apply for an Individually Droughted Property (IDP) declaration

If you are not in a declared area but believe your property is experiencing drought conditions, you can apply for an IDP declaration.

Read the IDP application guidelines to learn more about understanding drought declarations.

Revoke an Individually Droughted Property (IDP)

To revoke an IDP application, you may need to complete an Application to revoke an IDP declaration.

For more information on DRAS or IDP, email droughtdeclarations@daf.qld.gov.au or contact us on 13 25 23.

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Last reviewed
June 29, 2016


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