Disaster-declared areas

Southern Queensland bushfires, 612 September 2019

The following areas have been declared disaster areas and activated under the joint Commonwealth-State Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA) for Category B:

  • Southern Downs Regional Council
  • Scenic Rim Regional Council

Through this arrangement, producers have access to DRFA Category B financial assistance, such as freight subsidies and concessional loans.

If you are unsure if you are in an activated area please contact the department on 13 25 23 or QRIDA on 1800 623 946 or visit the QRIDA website.

Primary producers who have suffered major damage as a result of these bushfires and are outside the above declared areas may apply for an Individual Disaster Stricken Property (IDSP) declaration. An IDSP provides access to Queensland Government assistance similar to the Category B DRFA of freight subsidies and concessional loans.

Severe Tropical Cyclone Trevor March 2019

The following areas have been declared disaster areas and activated under the joint Commonwealth-State Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA) for Category B:

  • Blackall Tambo Regional Council
  • Boulia Shire Council
  • Cook Shire Council
  • Diamantina Shire Council
  • Longreach Regional Council

Through this arrangement, producers have access to DRFA Category B financial assistance, such as freight subsidies and concessional loans.

If you are unsure if you are in an activated area please contact the department on 13 25 23 or QRIDA on 1800 623 946 or visit the QRIDA website.

Primary producers who have suffered major damage as a result of the cyclone and associated flooding and are outside the above declared areas may apply for an Individual Disaster Stricken Property (IDSP) declaration. An IDSP provides access to Queensland Government assistance similar to the Category B DRFA of freight subsidies and concessional loans.

Far North and North Queensland monsoonal floods January-February 2019

Producers restocking after the floods should check their eligibility for further assistance with DAF. Restocking may impact the type of financial assistance they can receive. Please call DAF on 13 25 23 to discuss individual circumstances.

The following areas have been declared disaster areas and activated under the joint Commonwealth-State Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA) for Category B assistance:

  • Burdekin Shire Council
  • Burke Shire Council
  • Carpentaria Shire Council
  • Charters Towers Regional Council
  • Cloncurry Shire Council
  • Croydon Shire Council
  • Douglas Shire Council
  • Etheridge Shire Council
  • Finders Shire Council
  • Hinchinbrook Shire Council
  • Townsville City Council
  • McKinlay Shire Council
  • Richmond Shire Council
  • Whitsunday Regional Council
  • Winton Shire Council.

Through this arrangement, producers have access to DRFA Category B financial assistance such as freight subsidies and concessional loans.

The following areas have been declared disaster areas and activated under the joint Commonwealth-State Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA) for Category C assistance. Producers in these areas can apply for grants of $75,000 to help with things like the hiring and leasing of equipment, purchasing fodder, replacing dead livestock, salvaging feed or crops and repairing essential plant and equipment:

  • Burdekin Shire Council
  • Burke Shire Council
  • Cloncurry Shire Council
  • Carpentaria Shire Council
  • Douglas Shire Council
  • Finders Shire Council
  • Hinchinbrook Shire Council
  • McKinlay Shire Council
  • Richmond Shire Council
  • Townsville City Council
  • Winton Shire Council.

If you are unsure if you are in an activated area please contact the department on 13 25 23 or QRIDA on 1800 623 946 or visit the QRIDA website.

North West Queensland Livestock Recovery Package

A new suite of measures are available to support the recovery of the beef and sheep industry in North West Queensland (NWQ) in the Shires of Flinders, Richmond, McKinlay, Cloncurry, Burke, Carpentaria and Winton. These measures are jointly funded by the Australian and Queensland Governments and is part of a larger long-term recovery package.

Livestock Industry Recovery Concessional Loans

  • Up to $1 million to assist in recovering, rebuilding and restocking will be made available from QRIDA.
  • Loans are available to North West Queensland primary producers, and critical supply-chain businesses that can demonstrate commercial links to the area.
  • Loans are interest and repayment free for two years, while interest starts at year three at the DRFA rate (currently 1.37%). The loan period is 10 years with details of repayments and other conditions set by agreement with QRIDA.

Flood Freight Subsidy Restocking and Agistment Scheme (FFSRA) to accelerate restocking of the flood-impacted area, and increase opportunities for short-term income.

  • 50% restocking freight subsidies up to $50,000 per year for two years.
  • 50% freight subsidies to agistment in the current NWQ Category C area for drought-declared Queensland producers. Maximum subsidy a combination of Drought Relief Assistance Scheme (DRAS) and FFSRA up to $50,000 per year.
  • The scheme encourages the use of local livestock transport carriers
  • Find the guidelines and forms for freight subsidies or contact DAF on 13 25 23

Weed and feral pest initiative to fund the coordinated and integrated control of prickly acacia, feral pigs and other key weeds and pests

Industry Recovery Officers and additional Financial Counsellors to provide information, advice, help to fill out forms and one-on-one assistance, for primary producers and small businesses in all Category C areas for this event, with majority servicing NWQ. As well as the above shires, this service will also be extended to producers in Douglas, Hinchinbrook, Townsville, and Burdekin Shires.

Biosecurity Entity Registration Fee Exemption as a one-off exemption for commercial primary producers affected by the recent floods in NWQ Category C shires, for their next triennial biosecurity entity registration fee.

Carcass disposal grants

Flood-affected producers can access $5000 grants from the Australian Government to help with the disposal of animal carcasses. For more information and to apply contact your local council.

Central Queensland fires November 2018

Due to the unprecedented fire conditions, the following areas have been declared disaster areas and activated under the joint Commonwealth-State Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA) for Category B:

  • Gladstone Regional Council
  • Rockhampton Regional Council
  • Mackay Regional Council

Through this arrangement, producers have access to DRFA Category B financial assistance, such as freight subsidies and concessional loans.

If you are unsure if you are in an activated area please contact the department on 13 25 23 or QRIDA on 1800 623 946 or visit the QRIDA website.

Primary producers who have suffered major damage as a result of these fire events outside the above declared areas may apply for an Individual Disaster Stricken Property (IDSP) declaration. An IDSP provides access to Queensland Government assistance similar to the Category B DRFA of freight subsidies and concessional loans.

Find out more about Individual Disaster Stricken Property declarations or complete the application form (PDF, 117.4KB) (please note: this form works best in Internet Explorer).

If you are unsure if you are in an activated area please contact the department on 13 25 23 or QRIDA on 1800 623 946 or visit the QRIDA website.

Primary producers who have suffered major damage as a result of these bushfires outside the above declared areas may apply for an Individual Disaster Stricken Property (IDSP) declaration. An IDSP provides access to Queensland Government assistance similar to the Category B DRFA of freight subsidies and concessional loans.

Find out more about Individual Disaster Stricken Property declarations or complete the application form (PDF, 117.4KB) (please note: this form works best in Internet Explorer).

More information

Find out more about Disaster recovery funding arrangements.