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08 Feb

Disaster assistance available for flood affected farmers

Financial assistance and support services are now available for farmers beginning the…

Financial assistance and support services are now available for farmers beginning the recovery process following damage caused by widespread flooding in the north of the state.

Farmers in the Burdekin, Burke, Carpentaria, Charters Towers, Cloncurry, Croydon, Douglas, Etheridge, Flinders, Hinchinbrook, McKinlay, Richmond, Townsville, Winton and Whitsunday council areas have access to a range of disaster assistance including loans, freight subsidies and recovery grants of $75,000.

Assistance is being provided through the jointly funded Commonwealth-Queensland Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA).

Find below a list of disaster assistance available to Queensland farmers and the relevant contact details.

Disaster Assistance (Primary Producers) Loans

Concessional interest rate loans to assist primary producers whose assets have been significantly damaged by an eligible disaster, to recover and return to viable operations. Contact Queensland Rural and Industry Development Authority on 1800 623 946 or qrida.qld.gov.au.

Disaster Assistance (Essential Working Capital) Loans Scheme for Primary Producers

Concessional interest rate loans to primary producers who have suffered a significant loss of income as a result of an eligible disaster by providing the essential working capital required to continue business operations. Contact Queensland Rural and Industry Development Authority on 1800 623 946 or qrida.qld.gov.au.

Freight Subsidies for Primary Producers

To assist primary producers impacted by an eligible disaster with the transport of livestock, fodder or water for livestock, building, fencing equipment or machinery to the primary producer’s home property. Contact Department of Agriculture and Fisheries on 3224 8832 or daf.qld.gov.au.

Special Disaster Assistance Recovery Grants – Primary Producers

Grants for primary producers who have suffered direct damage caused by an eligible disaster. Grants are aimed at covering the cost of clean-up and reinstatement, but not at providing compensation for losses. Contact Queensland Rural and Industry Development Authority on 1800 623 … Continue reading Disaster assistance available for flood affected farmers

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Active Disaster List

Disaster Location Disaster Type Date Declared
Whitsunday Regional Flood 27 February, 2019
Burke Shire Flood 13 February, 2019
Carpentaria Shire Flood 13 February, 2019
Winton Shire Flood 8 February, 2019
McKinlay Shire Flood 7 February, 2019
Richmond Shire Flood 7 February, 2019
Cloncurry Shire Flood 7 February, 2019
Cook Shire Flood 4 February, 2019
Burdekin Shire Flood 4 February, 2019
Douglas Shire Flood 4 February, 2019
Townsville City Flood 4 February, 2019
Wujal Wujal Aboriginal Shire Flood 4 February, 2019
Hinchinbrook Shire Flood 4 February, 2019
Mackay Regional Fire 30 November, 2018
Livingstone Shire Fire 30 November, 2018
Rockhampton Regional Fire 30 November, 2018
Gladstone Regional Fire 30 November, 2018
North Burnett Regional Flood 24 October, 2017
Bundaberg Regional Flood 24 October, 2017
Balonne Shire Drought 1 January, 2016
Banana Shire Drought 1 January, 2016
Barcaldine Regional Drought 1 January, 2016
Barcoo Shire Drought 1 January, 2016
Blackall Tambo Regional Drought 1 January, 2016
Boulia Shire Drought 1 January, 2016
Bulloo Shire Drought 1 January, 2016
Charters Towers Regional Drought 1 January, 2016
Cherbourg Aboriginal Drought 1 January, 2016
Diamantina Shire Drought 1 January, 2016
Flinders Shire Drought 1 January, 2016
Gooniwindi Regional Drought 1 January, 2016
Isaac Regional Drought 1 January, 2016
Lockyer Valley Regional Drought 1 January, 2016
Longreach Regional Drought 1 January, 2016
Maranoa Regional Drought 1 January, 2016
Murweh Shire Drought 1 January, 2016
Paroo Shire Drought 1 January, 2016
Quilpie Shire Drought 1 January, 2016
Somerset Regional Drought 1 January, 2016
South Burnett Regional Drought 1 January, 2016
Southern Downs Regiona Drought 1 January, 2016
Toowoomba Regional Drought 1 January, 2016

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FAQ's

  • What does farmerdisastersupport.org.au do?

    farmerdisastersupport.org.au is a website aimed at directing farmers to the assistance available. Both financial and mental health stresses can affect people during or after events such as drought, floods and cyclones. This website details the organisations, government departments and industry bodies that can help during these times.

  • What if my region is not declared?

    If your region is not declared, sign up to our newsletter and we will keep you updated. If your region is not declared this does not rule you out of financial assistance– contact your industry body, QFF, QRIDA or DAF to discuss further options.

  • How do I search for assistance?

    Input your postcode and select your industry in the search section on the homepage for results specific to your area and industry.

  • When can I apply for assistance?

    If you are in a declared zone you can apply straight away. If your zone isn’t declared please contact your industry body, QFF, QRIDA or DAF to discuss further options.

  • Who is QFF?

    The Queensland Farmers’ Federation is the united voice of intensive agriculture in Queensland. It is a federation that represents the interests of peak state and national agriculture industry organisation which in turn collectively represent more than 13,000 farmers across Queensland.

  • Who developed farmerdisastersupport.org.au

    QFF developed farmerdisastersupport.org.au with funding from the Queensland Government to assist farmers in navigating support networks available to them during times of disaster and drought. The aim of the website is to directly connect farmers with assistance available.

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