Queensland natural disaster assistance

Tropical Cyclone Debbie and associated severe weather assistance

Small business support

The Commonwealth recently approved the extension of the jointly funded Commonwealth/State Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA) for small businesses impacted by Severe Tropical Cyclone Debbie and associated rainfall and flooding between 28 March and 6 April 2017.

NDRRA Category C Special Disaster Assistance (Clean-up and Recovery Grants) for Small Business has been activated for the following local government areas:

  • Isaac Regional Council (part shire)
  • Logan City Council (part shire)
  • Mackay Regional Council (part shire)
  • Rockhampton Regional Council (part shire)
  • Whitsunday Regional Council.

Affected small businesses can apply for an Exceptional Circumstances Grant of up to $25,000 to assist with cleaning and reinstatement costs.

Support for small businesses is also being provided through the Small Business Recovery Package. The package includes $1.5 million in grants, $2 million for the ongoing Go Local campaign and $550,000 for dedicated workshops and mentoring services to help businesses recover, rebuild and employ.

Read more about the Small Business Recovery Package and the Small Business Recovery Grants Program.

NDRRA Category B assistance for small businesses has been activated for the following local government areas:

  • City of Gold Coast
  • Isaac Regional Council
  • Livingstone Shire Council
  • Logan City Council
  • Mackay Regional Council
  • Rockhampton Regional Council
  • Scenic Rim Regional Council
  • Whitsunday Regional Council.

This assistance includes:

Primary producer support

NDRRA Category B and Category C assistance for primary producers has been activated in affected local government areas.

Visit the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries website or Farmer Disaster Support for more information on primary producer assistance and eligibility.

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.

Small businesses

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

For disaster recovery information, see:

Find out about the Go Local campaign encouraging consumers to support Queensland small businesses after Cyclone Debbie.

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 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:

Contact

General enquiries 13 QGOV (13 74 68)

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