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:
Queensland farmers and agricultural service providers are encouraged to attend free industry support network workshops in Ayr, Bowen, Townsville and Ingham this month.
Facilitated by the Queensland Farmers’ Federation (QFF), the Australian Red Cross, and the Australian and Queensland Governments, the workshops are a foundation of an industry support network and aim to equip participants with the skills and resources they need to help carry the burden and mentor fellow farmers during recovery from a disaster.
QFF CEO Dr Georgina Davis said natural disasters were part and parcel of farming in Queensland, with farmers’ resilience tested by droughts, floods, cyclones, bushfires and everything in between.
“Farmers and rural communities are no strangers to these significant and continuing challenges, and no one knows and understands the burden of recovering and rebuilding better than a fellow farmer,” Dr Davis said.
“QFF is calling on interested farmers who are knowledgeable about farm practices and business processes, to take on a supporter role to galvanise those who have experienced loss or disruption as a result of a disaster and who need a helping hand as they recover.”
“The upcoming workshops will provide interested farmer supporters with the resources and valuable skills they need to help their fellow farmers during difficult times based on the Australian Red Cross’ highly regarded, ‘Supporting the Supporters’ program.”
“These workshops are for anyone who supports their communities formally or informally. Red Cross understands that community support is most effective when led by those best placed; community members, services and organisations,” Queensland Drought Coordinator, Emergency Services David Brown said.
To register your attendance or to find out more, visit www.qff.org.au/events.
Ayr Tuesday, 23 February 2021 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm Burdekin Theatre, 161 Queen Street, Ayr QLD 4807
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