Northern Queensland flood relief (January–February 2019)

Get Ready Small Business

Severe weather can strike at any time. Don't wait until it's too late.

Follow these steps to protect and prepare your small business today.

  1. Identify the risks and plan your responses.
  2. Check that you have insurances, policies and finances in place.
  3. Prepare your workplace and pack an emergency kit.
  4. Visit the Small business disaster hub for resources, use our handy app, and attend a Get Ready Small Business webinar or event near you.

Find support and recovery information relating to the Northern Queensland monsoon trough which occurred from 25 January to 14 February 2019.

Small businesses

Grants and loans

Financial assistance is available for affected small businesses under the joint Commonwealth-State Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA).

You may be eligible for the following low interest DRFA recovery loans:

Small Business Recovery Centre

Visit the Small Business Recovery Centre to discuss support and mentoring services, and access advice on financial assistance, insurance and other business matters.

Find us at 143 Walker Street, Townsville, open 9am–5pm weekdays or you can contact us by:

Check our business events calendar to find local recovery events.

For further support, including assistance and advice for other natural disasters, phone 1300 654 687.

Back on Track roadshow

Our Back on Track roadshow will be travelling across North and Far North Queensland to help small businesses recover, rebuild and prosper in 2021.

We have teamed up with local, state and federal agencies to revisit communities hardest hit by the floods to offer tailored support for the region's ongoing recovery and resilience.

Join us for a chat when the roadshow comes to a town near you.

Primary producers

The North West Queensland Livestock Recovery Package will support the recovery of livestock industries affected by flooding. This includes:

  • livestock industry recovery concessional loans
  • farm financial counsellors
  • freight subsidies for restocking.

Affected primary production enterprises may be eligible for Restocking, Replanting and On-farm Infrastructure Grants of up to $400,000.

Learn about a one-off exemption from paying your biosecurity entity renewal fee if you are an affected commercial primary producer in North West Queensland.

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

Also consider...

  • Contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 for phone and online counselling and support.
  • Find support and assistance for other Queensland natural disasters.
  • Find mental health and wellbeing resources for businesses.