Drought assistance programs
The Queensland Government and Australian Government offer programs to help farm families, farm businesses and farm communities affected by drought. This page provides broad descriptions of government drought assistance programs available to Queensland producers.
These measures are funded by the Queensland Government. The Farm Business Resilience Program and the Farm Management Grants are jointly funded through the Australian Government’s Future Drought Fund and the Queensland Government.
Farm Business Resilience Program
Drought Preparedness Grants
Drought Ready and Recovery Loan Scheme
Emergency Drought Assistance Loan Scheme
Drought Carry-On Finance Loan Scheme
Drought Relief Assistance Scheme
- freight subsidies for the transport of fodder, water and livestock; and
- the Emergency Water Infrastructure Rebate (EWIR).
Bee Industry Assistance Package
- Apiary permit fee waivers for State forests, national parks and other protected areas, for the 2020-21 financial year. Permit holders will not need to make a special application, as assistance will be applied automatically. Refunds of fees already paid will also be applied automatically for the applicable financial year.
Australian Government On-Farm Emergency Water Infrastructure Rebate
- a 12.5% rebate for new purchases and installation of water infrastructure for livestock. This rebate was added automatically to the Queensland Government’s Emergency Water Infrastructure Rebate . The Queensland Government will continue to provide a 50% rebate under the scheme
- a 25% rebate for the cost of a contractor to desilt dams used for livestock on your property under the Dam Desilting Rebate (jointly funded by the Queensland and Australian Governments)
- a 25% rebate for the cost of drilling a new bore and/or desilting a dam for properties with permanent horticulture tree crops (jointly funded by the Queensland and Australian Governments).
Regional Drought Resilience Program
QRIDA drought support
- Low interest Sustainability Loans up to $1.3 million can be used for a variety of drought-related infrastructure that can improve the long term productivity such as de-silting dams, purchasing equipment for feeding and fodder production, adding water points and water infrastructure to exclusion fencing.
- Existing loan clients can talk with QRIDA about possible repayment options to alleviate financial pressure.
- Restructuring farm debt—QRIDA has a free advisory service to access independent financial experts to analyse your farm business and provide you with restructuring options for your farm debt.
Pest animal and weed management in drought-affected areas
- pest animal and weed management in drought-affected areas
- the Queensland Feral Pest Initiative
- the feral animal assistance package.
Other drought rebates and fee relief
- Farm Household Allowance
- Regional Investment Corporation (RIC) Drought Loan
- Farm Management Deposits (FMD)
- Taxation measures
- Rural Financial Counselling Service (RFCS)
- Drought Communities Program
- Managing Farm Risk Program
- Enhanced social support
- Pest and weed management
- Drought Relief Assistance Scheme guidelines and forms
Health care services
Transport concessions and school transport allowance
Last updated: 15 Jul 2021