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.
To find out more:
Drought declaration for Central Highlands Regional Council and Woorabinda Aboriginal Shire Council effective 25 May 2017.
This latest decision brings the drought declared area of Queensland down to 66.27% down from the i record 87.47% drought declared area early this month.
The local drought committees for Bundaberg, Cherbourg, Fraser Coast, Gympie, North Burnett, Somerset and South Burnett recommended that the drought declarations made in March this year remain in place.
The local drought committees for Moreton Bay, Sunshine Coast, Noosa, Lockyer Valley, Ipswich, Scenic Rim, Gold Coast, Logan and Redland local government areas also met this month to determine the effect of the rainfall after Severe Tropical Cyclone Debbie with the decision being reached not to drought declare these regions.
Producers in those areas still experiencing dry conditions can apply for an Individually Droughted Property (IDP) declaration which gives them the same access to Queensland Government drought assistance as an area declaration.
For further information call 13 25 23 or visit www.daf.qld.gov.au.