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Individually droughted property (IDP) declarations
Primary producers who do not fall within an area or shire that is drought declared but who believe they are experiencing drought conditions can apply for an Individually Droughted Property (IDP) declaration through the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF). An IDP declaration does not require Ministerial approval.
Primary producers who have an IDP have the same access to Queensland Government drought assistance as producers whose properties fall within an area or shire declaration.
Criteria for an IDP drought declaration
You will need to demonstrate that your property meets the Queensland Government’s drought criteria. The primary criterion is:
- a rainfall deficiency in the last 12 months that is likely to occur no more than once every 10 years.
Other factors are also considered, such as pasture and water availability, frequency of supplementary feeding, and the condition of stock.
You will also need to demonstrate that you have undertaken drought management practices (such as destocking) to reduce the impact of conditions on your property and livestock.
How to apply for an IDP declaration
To apply, download the IDP application form or call 13 25 23 to be sent a copy.
Once you have completed the form, send it to your local DAF extension officer to be approved.
The DAF extension officer will assess your application and approve or decline it based on how well you meet the criteria. They may also inspect your property to confirm conditions and drought management practices.
Contact details for extension officers across Queensland are listed below.
Phone: (07) 4182 1817
Phone: (07) 4843 2637
Phone: (07) 4529 4168
Phone: (07) 4536 8302
Phone: (07) 4761 5153|
Fax: (07) 4761 5172
Time taken to process an IDP application
Applications are usually assessed within 10 working days of being submitted, and you will be notified in writing of the outcome.
When an IDP declaration takes effect
IDP declarations are usually effective from the date of approval. If the inspection of your property is delayed for departmental reasons, the declaration may be made effective from the date of application.
How long an IDP declaration lasts
IDP declarations remain in force until they are revoked by either the producer or a DAF extension officer, or are replaced by an area or shire declaration.
If your IDP application is not approved, you may ask DAF to review the decision. Your application will be reviewed by either the State Climate Risk Coordinator or by the Director, Land Management.
If you are dissatisfied with this review, you may appeal the decision by writing to the Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries.
- See drought maps showing which parts of Queensland are currently in drought.
- Find out how to apply for government drought assistance.
- Learn about mental health support for rural and remote communities experiencing drought.