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Individually droughted property (IDP) application guidelines

These guidelines have been developed to help producers complete an application for an Individually Droughted Property (IDP) declaration. An IDP allows access to Queensland Government drought assistance prior to an area drought declaration.

What assistance am I eligible for if my property  has an IDP declaration?

Drought Relief Assistance Scheme (DRAS) assistance is only available when a property is  drought declared.

A property can become drought declared by either obtaining an IDP declaration or  by being located in a shire or area which has been drought declared by the state.

The DRAS assistance available is the same irrespective of how a property becomes drought  declared. However, by obtaining an IDP declaration an individual property can access assistance earlier than waiting for a region or shire to be drought declared by the state.

Current DRAS assistance includes:

  1. Transport of fodder freight subsidy -  on fodder used in maintenance feeding of cattle, sheep, goats, deer, working and breeding horses that are not normally fed
  2. Water cartage freight subsidy - on water carted for stock
  3. Stock returning from agistment freight subsidy - on the return of stock previously sent to agistment
  4. Restocking freight subsidy - for restocking purchases made within 24 months after a drought declaration is lifted
  5. Emergency Water Infrastructure Rebate - on establishing water infrastructure to supply water for emergency animal welfare needs

Specific eligibility criteria and guidelines apply for each form of assistance.

In addition, other government departments or councils may offer their own assistance measures which require an IDP to access. IDP's can only be granted if all DRAS IDP eligibility criteria are met.

Possession of an IDP is not a mandatory requirement  by the Australian Tax Office to claim forced disposal of livestock if other  objective evidence supports the claim.

Who is eligible for an IDP?

IDP declarations are available to  all primary producers. This does not include hobby farmers, but does include  share-farmers and lessees.  A hobby farmer is defined as someone who does not normally spend more than 50  per cent of their labour on, and/or derive more than 50 per cent of their gross  income from a primary production enterprise.
Eligibility  for an IDP declaration for a livestock enterprise is based on:

  • the property being affected by a 1 in 10 to 15 year rainfall deficiency for the previous 12 months
  • pasture availability and water availability on the property indicating  drought conditions
  • stocking rates for the property being acceptable for the type and class of land
  • the property  having taken positive steps to respond to the drought e.g. stocking rates have been reduced, drought feeding has       already commenced
  • No livestock other than your own is on the property
  • No livestock have been introduced within 16 weeks before the application for IDP is made.

Eligibility for an IDP declaration for an agricultural, horticultural or sugar enterprise is based on:

  • the  property being affected by a 1 in 10 to 15 year rainfall deficiency for the  previous 12 months
  • you have shown a reasonable level of self-reliance in drought management
  • Soil moisture, crop yields (expected yield reductions) and available irrigation water are indicative of drought conditions.

Additionally for sugar cane the following criteria  are considered:
Plant crop

  • Date of planting
  • Presence or absence of subsoil moisture
  • Whether the rate of germination is less than 60% (this would require the crop to be ploughed out)
  • Whether the proportion of dead plants is greater than 40% of those that germinated (this would require plough-out)
  • The presence or absence of other non-drought-induced pest or disease factors that may affect germination or cause plant death
  • Whether rainfall during months critical for plant cane establishment was significantly less than average.

Ratoon crop

  • Date of harvest of previous crop
  • Dead stools greater than 40%
  • Ratoon crop so backward by mid-December that, even with wet-season rains, they will not recover to produce a viable crop (water-logging of backward crops by wet-season rains could even contribute to crop failure)
  • Presence or absence of non drought-induced pests or diseases
  • Whether or not rainfall during months critical for ratoon crop development is significantly less than average.

Both crops

  • Assessment of crop potential (per block) versus five-year average production, using data from mill records and farmer records, and       information from cane inspectors.

Length of IDP declaration

If you run a  livestock-dominant enterprise, your IDP declaration will remain in force until  it is either officially revoked by the Local Drought Committee or replaced by  an area declaration. If the IDP declaration is revoked by the Local Drought  Committee or you apply to have your property revoked, your property cannot be  re-declared drought-stricken for at least 12 months.

If you run an  agricultural, horticultural or sugar enterprise, your IDP declaration will automatically  expire three months from the date of declaration. If you wish to have your  property drought-declared after this time, you must re-apply for continuation  of IDP status.

Successful applications for IDP declarations are effective from the date of approval and are not made retrospectively.

How do you apply for an IDP?

An application must be lodged on either a 'Livestock' or 'Agricultural' Application for an Individually Droughted Property (IDP) declaration form. Follow the link below to download the relevant form.

The application will be assessed by the department in consultation as required with  Local Drought Committees (LDC).

Applicants  may attach additional information to their IDP application to illustrate the  impact of the drought on their property e.g. property rainfall record, photos  of water storages etc


Further information

If you  have any questions about the application process, please contact us, for more information.

Last updated: 13 Dec 2018