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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
Fax: (07) 4182 1868

PO Box 23


Phone: (07) 4843 2637
Fax: (07) 4936 0315

PO Box 6014


Phone: (07) 4529 4168
Fax: (07) 4688 1199

PO Box 102


Phone: (07) 4536 8302
Fax: (07) 4650 1233

PO Box 519

Charters Towers Phone: (07) 4761 5153
Fax: (07) 4761 5172

PO Box 976

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.

Unsuccessful applications

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.

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