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.
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:
- Natural Disaster Assistance (Concessional Loans) of up to $250,000
- Essential Working Capital Loans Scheme of up to $100,000.
Primary producer support
NDRRA Category B and Category C assistance for primary producers has been activated in affected local government areas.
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.
Visit QRAA or phone 1800 623 946 to find out if you are eligible for disaster assistance.
For disaster recovery information, see:
- what your business should do after a natural disaster
- how to rebuild your business after a natural disaster
- how a recovery plan can help get your business running again
- how we can help with your tax obligations
- disaster support and assistance for tourism businesses.
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 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:
- what primary producers should do after a natural disaster
- about disaster recovery for livestock farms, including animal welfare
- about disaster recovery for crop farming
- about freight subsidies and the provision of fodder and fodder drops
- how to prepare for winter crops following floods
- about clearing vegetation from land and watercourses
- how to repair and restore your property
- about Temporary approval to pollute and move pigs to emergency housing (PDF, 56KB) for intensive piggeries
- more information on rural disaster recovery.
- Find financial assistance (Category C Special Disaster Assistance (Clean-up and Recovery Grants) and Category B Natural Disaster Assistance and Essential Working Capital) for non-profit organisations affected by Severe Tropical Cyclone Debbie.
- Find translated disaster recovery and financial assistance information.
- Read about drought declarations, revocations and assistance for primary producers.
- Contact your industry association for advice and support to help your business recover.
- Read advice on how to recognise scams and dodgy traders relating to natural disasters.
- Find out how to prepare your business for a natural disaster.
- Learn how to rebuild your business after a natural disaster.
- Last reviewed: 18 Nov 2016
- Last updated: 22 May 2017