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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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