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:
Category C – $25,000 Natural disaster recovery grants
The Central Coast Queensland Severe Weather that occurred over the 16th to the 19th of October 2017 has activated Natural disaster recovery grants.
People in parts of the Bundaberg Regional Council can now access Exceptional Circumstances Grant up to a maximum of $25,000. See a map of the activated area HERE.
Initial grant amounts to assist you with cleaning and reinstatement costs – up to a total of $5,000; and Subsequent grant amounts to assist you with additional cleaning and reinstatement costs – up to a total of $20,000
The assistance enables you to pay for costs associated with cleaning and reinstatement activities.
Examples of eligible activities:
purchasing, hiring or leasing equipment or materials to; clean premises, property or equipment or to immediately resume farming activities removing and disposing of debris, damaged goods, materials including injured or dead livestock repairing or replacing fencing on the property purchasing fodder or salvaging crops or feed for stock repairing or reconditioning essential plant or equipment maintaining the health of livestock or poultry paying additional wages to an employee to assist with clean-up work
For information contact local QRIDA officer:
Mark Barrett – 0417 775 547 Mark.firstname.lastname@example.org
More information HERE