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).

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.

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 climate risk coordinator to be approved.

The DAF climate risk coordinator 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.

The location and contact details of the climate risk coordinators are listed below:



13 25 23
PO Box 23


13 25 23
PO Box 6014


13 25 23
PO Box 102


13 25 23
PO Box 519

Charters Towers

13 25 23
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 effective from the date of approval. If the assessment of your application is delayed, 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 climate risk coordinator, 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, Drought Policy and Response.

If you are dissatisfied with this review, you may appeal the decision by writing to the Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries.

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