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.
The latest information on drought declarations and revocations in Queensland is available on the Long Paddock website .
Queensland Government programs
Drought Relief Assistance Scheme
The Drought Relief Assistance Scheme is administered by the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries DRAS provides:
- freight subsidies for the transport of fodder, water and livestock; and
- the Emergency Water Infrastructure Rebate (EWIR).
Access the guidelines and application forms.
Australian Government On-Farm Emergency Water Infrastructure Rebate
Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries is operating the Australian Government On-Farm Emergency Water Infrastructure Rebate on behalf of the Australian Government. Producers are able to access:
- a 25% rebate for new purchases and installation of water infrastructure. This rebate is added automatically to the Queensland Government’s Emergency Water Infrastructure Rebate. There is no need to apply separately for this 25% top up. Claims from 1 July 2018 and the commencement of the top-up will be automatically paid to applicants that have already received a payment from the Queensland scheme.
- a 25% rebate for the cost of a contractor to desilt dams on your property under the Australian Dam Desilting Rebate. Access the guidelines and application forms.
A maximum of $25,000 can be accessed through the On-farm Emergency Water Infrastructure Rebate.
Financial counselling services
Read more about financial counselling services.
The Queensland Government has contributed additional funding to the Australian Government's Rural Financial Counselling Service (RFCS).
Pest animal and weed management in drought-affected areas
The Queensland Government and Australian Government fund projects aimed at wild dog, cat, feral pig, rabbit and weed management in Queensland.
Read more about:
- 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
Find out about other drought rebates and fee relief, including land rent rebates, water fee relief and transport-related drought assistance.
Community and family assistance
A range of counselling services are available for drought-affected communities.
Health care services
Queensland Health provides primary mental health support to drought-affected areas through the Drought Wellbeing Service provided by the Royal Flying Doctor Service.
Queensland Health also provides grants and coordination of local mental health services through the Tackling Regional Adversity through Integrated Care program to help build community resilience to drought, disaster and other crises.
Transport concessions and school transport allowance
The Department of Transport and Main Roads provides transport concessions for primary producers in drought and increased school transport allowances for some families that drive their children to school or connect with a school bus run.
Australian Government drought assistance
The Australian Government provides a number of assistance measures for farmers and rural communities affected by drought and other hardship. Measures include: