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 assistance concessional loans
Drought-affected farmers across Queensland can apply for assistance through a drought assistance concessional loan. Full details, including all scheme guidelines and application forms, are available at Queensland Rural and Industry Development Authority (QRIDA) or contact Freecall 1800 623 946.
The Australian Government assistance has a range of assistance measures for farmers, farm businesses and rural communities.
Drought Relief Assistance Scheme
The Drought Relief Assistance Scheme is administered by the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries and provides freight subsidies for the transport of fodder, water and livestock and the Emergency Water Infrastructure Rebate.
Access the guidelines and application forms.
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.
The Department of Education and Training provides a drought supplement to the Living Away From Home Allowances Scheme for eligible Queensland families whose children need to live away from home to attend a state school or an accredited non-state school.
The Department of Transport and Main Roads provides 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: