Currently there is Category A assistance for several areas which includes:
The Whitsunday region and the Mackay region have Category B assistance which includes:
Category C assistance is available to several areas which includes:
For further details on what services are available in your area, use the postcode search on the home page.
Industry organisations and Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF) are collecting data for primary producers. This data will be collated and reported through the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA).
Assistance is managed by Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF) and QRAA:
For details on Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF) and QRAA officers in your area, use the postcode search on the home page.
If a primary producer is not in an area where Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA) assistance is available but has suffered significant damage from a natural disaster, they can apply for an Individual Disaster Stricken Property (IDSP) declaration. Freight subsidies can be applied for under an IDSP declaration.
To obtain an IDSP declaration, contact Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF) – 13 25 23.
Category A – Standard assistance measures:
Category B – Standard assistance measures:
Category C – Standard assistance measures:
Category D – Standard assistance measures:
Both Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF) and QRAA will receive a large amount of applications throughout this process so extra staff has been called upon to assist. DAF and QRAA aim to process applications as quickly as possible and it’s suggested you call DAF or QRAA to check on the status of your application.
Getting off the farm is the first step for many. Community Recovery Hubs have been opened throughout Queensland to help people find the assistance they need to cope with the effects of TC Debbie:
There are several phone support services as well that urge people to use these as they recovery from the disaster.
Following a disaster many employers may be concerned about the availability of work for casual and permanent staff members. As an employer, you have an obligation to ensure your current employees are kept as informed as possible of the status of their positions with your business during this uncertain time. Employees need to be aware that it may be a possibility that the loss of production may result in the loss of their jobs.
If it is not viable to keep your employees employed, and you have exhausted all other options to try and keep your employees on, redundancy will be your final option. Both permanent and casual employees are entitled to final pays, including redundancy payouts. There are several terms and conditions around these circumstances which employers need to be aware of.
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By Jessica Johnston, Queensland Country Life
ABOLISHING stamp duty on agricultural insurance in Queensland would help mitigate against natural disasters such as the Boxing Day storms which caused widespread damage to crops on the Burnett and Darling Downs, advocacy groups say.
Queensland Farmers Federation President Stuart Armitage said newly appointed Agriculture Minister Mark Furner should make it his first priority to abolish the tax, which pushed the cost of insuring crops out of reach for some growers.
“In light of the disaster that has happened in the Christmas, New Year period with people losing sheds, silos, and crops, I think this should be one of the first things the incoming Agriculture Minister should do, is get rid of stamp duty on those sorts of insurance,” Mr Armitage said.
“Stamp duty on that is nothing but a tax and there is no way people should have to pay a duty or tax on any effort to help them get through disaster.”
Mr Armitage in the cotton industry, some growers in the Darling Downs were spending $10,000 to $50,000 annually in stamp duty alone.
“It’s a pretty big number for some of the bigger operators in this part of the world.”
Mr Armitage said only 50 per cent of growers at Cecil Plains had crop insurance in the 2015 storm and he expected that would be much the same for those impacted by the Boxing Day storm.
“People who have got full insurance in this latest round of storms have the confidence to keep on going,” Mr Armitage said.
“For a 10 per cent price reduction to the cost of insurance it would make it more palatable to land holders to mitigate … Continue reading QFF calls for agricultural insurance stamp duty to be abolished in wake of Boxing Day storms