Queensland natural disaster assistance

Northern Queensland flood relief

Small businesses

Disaster assistance has been activated for small businesses under the joint Commonwealth-State Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA).

Recovery grants

DRFA Category C grants are available in the following local government areas:

  • Cloncurry Shire Council
  • Flinders Shire Council
  • McKinlay Shire Council
  • Richmond Shire Council
  • Townsville City Council.

Affected small businesses may be eligible for special disaster assistance recovery grants of up to $25,000 to assist with clean-up and reinstatement activities.

Phone the Queensland Rural and Industry Development Authority (QRIDA) on 1800 623 946 for more information.

The Queensland Government will continue to assess impacts in other areas to consider further extensions of assistance.

Recovery loans

DRFA Category B assistance is available in the following local government areas:

  • Burdekin Shire Council
  • Cloncurry Shire Council
  • Douglas Shire Council
  • Flinders Shire Council
  • Hinchinbrook Shire Council
  • McKinlay Shire Council
  • Richmond Shire Council
  • Townsville City Council.

Affected small businesses may be eligible for:

Primary producers

Read about disaster-declared areas and primary producer assistance on the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF) website.

Small business owners or primary producers affected by natural disasters may be eligible for financial assistance and support services.

You can find a list of current disaster assistance on the QRIDA website or phone 1800 623 946.

Small business assistance

Natural disaster business survey

Take a short survey to help us better understand the impact of recent flooding on your business and determine further financial assistance.

Townsville Small Business Recovery Centre

Affected small business owners can visit Townsville's Small Business Recovery Centre to access office facilities, mentoring services and advice from all levels of government on financial assistance, insurance and other business matters.

Visit the centre at 143 Walker Street, Townsville, open 9am-5pm, 7 days a week, or phone 1300 654 687.

You can also register online and tell us where you most need help. Our Recovery Centre team will follow up on your enquiry.

Tradies' register to help with repairs

Licensed contractors can apply to join the North Queensland Flood Register to help with repairs to make homes secure, safe and habitable.

If you need help with clean-up or repairs, you can search the register to find a licensed contractor working in your local area.

Mentoring for Recovery (M4R)

The M4R program assists small businesses that have been:

  • significantly affected by a natural disaster
  • or
  • impacted indirectly by supply chain interruptions due to a disaster.

Apply for M4R to match you with a business mentor who will help you address business challenges resulting from damage to your business and develop a strategy for rebuilding.

Register your interest

Go Local, Grow Local

Download Go Local, Grow Local tools for your small business to promote products or services and encourage Queenslanders to spend their money locally.

Disaster recovery information and advice

Phone 1300 731 988 for the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland's Employer Assistance Line for:

  • advice and support if your business has been forced to close or reduce operations
  • industrial relations advice on managing staff and meeting Fair Work Act 2009 obligations.

Primary producer assistance

Find information on financial assistance for primary producers, including freight subsidies and leasehold rent relief on the DAF website or phone 13 25 23.

Find out what primary producers should do after a natural disaster.

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