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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Support for drought affected communities in southern and south-west Queensland will continue with an additional two temporary positions under the Queensland Government’s Rural Financial Counselling Service.
The two positions will be based in Roma and Charleville and are in addition to positions funded under the Federal Government’s Rural Financial Counselling Service program.
The Rural Financial Counselling Service were designed to help people in drought-affected rural and remote communities deal with the impact of stressful situations.
The Rural Financial Counselling Service provides free intensive, individualised financial advice to producers who are suffering financial hardship and have no alternative sources of impartial financial information.
Rural financial counsellors can:
help identify your financial and business options; help negotiate with your lenders; help you develop an action plan; help support you to access the Farm Household Allowance; give you information about government and other assistance schemes; refer you to accountants, agricultural advisers and educational services; and refer you to Department of Human Services and to professionals for succession planning, family mediation and personal, emotional and social counselling.
Further information about the Rural Financial Counselling Service can be found on the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries website – www.daf.qld.gov.au