Revoking a drought declaration

Revoking an area or shire drought declaration

An area or shire drought declaration is only revoked after widespread rainfall, on the recommendation of a local drought committee (LDC). In making its recommendation, the LDC considers seasonal conditions, pasture growth and water availability.

The LDC will only recommend a revocation if it is confident that livestock have enough pasture and water to last until the next expected rainfall. In Queensland, this is usually the next wet season.

Producers may also revoke their individual property from an area drought declaration if they feel that conditions on their property have improved so that there is enough water and pasture to last a minimum of 12 months at normal or near-normal stocking rates.

When an area or shire drought declaration is revoked, any producer within the area who believes that their property is still drought-stricken can apply for an Individually Droughted Property (IDP) declaration.

Revoking an IDP declaration

An IDP declaration can be revoked in three ways:

  • at the request of the producer
  • by a DAF extension officer
  • when it is replaced by an area or shire drought declaration.

Before you apply to have your property's drought-declared status revoked, make sure you have enough pasture and water to last a minimum of 12 months at normal or near-normal stocking rates. Once the status is revoked, your property will not be eligible for a drought declaration for 12 months. After 12 months, your property will need to again meet the eligibility criteria in order to become drought declared.

Download the application form for a revocation or call 13 25 23 to be sent a copy of the form.

A DAF extension officer may revoke an IDP declaration only after widespread rainfall and improved conditions. They will revoke an IDP only if conditions on the property have improved so that there is enough water and pasture to last a minimum of 12 months at normal or near-normal stocking rates.

Government assistance after a drought declaration is revoked

Once the drought declaration for your area, shire or property is revoked, you will no longer be able to apply for certain subsidies and rebates, but will be eligible to apply for others.

See the drought assistance guide for details.

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