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New Queensland drought assistance

New drought assistance focuses on greater preparedness and business planning to manage the ever-present risk of drought in Queensland.


Eligible primary producers across all agriculture industries can apply for the new drought preparedness assistance, without needing a drought declaration.

  • Farm Business Resilience Plan

    The key to being ready for the next drought is effective planning.

    The Australian and Queensland Governments can help you develop a Farm Business Resilience Plan.

    You will need a Farm Business Resilience Plan or similar to apply for the Queensland Government’s drought assistance grants and loans.

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  • Drought preparedness grants and loans

    Grants and loans include:

    • Drought Preparedness Grants of up to $50,000 for on-farm capital improvements identified in a Farm Business Resilience Plan that improve drought resilience
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    • Drought Ready and Recovery Finance loans of up to $250,000 for preparedness measures consistent with the producer’s Farm Business Resilience Plan.
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  • In-drought assistance

    Drought-declared primary producers can access:

    • interest-free Emergency Drought Assistance Loans of up to $50,000
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    • Drought Carry-On Finance Loans of up to $250,000 at a concessional interest rate will be available where the $50,000 from the Emergency Drought Assistance Loans Scheme is insufficient to manage drought conditions
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    • land rent rebates, water licence waivers and the Drought Relief from Electricity Charges Scheme.
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  • Drought recovery loan

    Drought Ready and Recovery Finance loans of up to $250,000 can be used for drought recovery activities such as restocking and replanting.
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  • Events


    Did you miss a webinar? To find out more about the new Queensland drought assistance, including grants, loans, workshops and training, watch our industry-specific webinars below.

    Upcoming events

    Are you interested in learning about the new Queensland drought assistance? Queensland is leading the way by supporting drought preparedness activities for a broader range of primary producers. Come along to one of our forums hosted by DAF and QRIDA.

    Find out about the new preparedness grants and loans and hear what help is available for your Farm Business Resilience Plan. There will also be a seasonal climate forecast update.

    There will be a Q&A session at the end or time to speak directly with a drought representative.

    Bundaberg 4 May Bundaberg TAFE (Block F) 1–3pm Register
    Nambour 5 May Nambour Bowls Club 1–3pm Register
    Rockhampton 10 May Rockhampton Leagues Club 1–3pm Register
    Emerald 11 May Emerald Star Hotel 1–3pm Register
    Mareeba 25 May John Charles booking room (DoR) 11–1pm Register
    Ayr 26 May Ayr Anzac Memorial Club 1–3pm Register
    Longreach 1 June Civic and Cultural Centre, Fairmount West room 8.30–10.30am Register
    Warwick 15 June Hawker Road Function Centre 10–12pm Register
    Dalby 16 June Russell Tavern 9.30–11.30am Register
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