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Disaster recovery

If you've been affected by any of these disaster events, you may be eligible for a low interest loan.

Disaster EventAssistance for Primary ProducersAssistance for Small BusinessesAssistance for Non-profit organisations

North & Far North Queensland Monsoon Trough
25 January - 10 February 2019

Central Queensland Bushfires,
22 November - 6 December 2018

  • Loan and grant assistance currently unavailable
Wide Bay-Burnett Severe Storms,
11 – 14 October 2018
  • Loan and grant assistance currently unavailable
  • Loan and grant assistance currently unavailable
Severe Tropical Cyclone Nora and Associated Flooding, 24 – 29 March 2018
  • Loan and grant assistance currently unavailable
North Queensland Flooding,6 – 10 March 2018
  • Loan and grant assistance currently unavailable
North and North West Queensland Low and Associated Rainfall and Flooding, 24 February – 8 March 2018
  • Loan and grant assistance currently unavailable
  • Loan and grant assistance currently unavailable
Central Coast Queensland Severe Weather,
16 - 19 October 2017
  • Loan and grant assistance currently unavailable
  • Loan and grant assistance currently unavailable
Severe Tropical Cyclone Debbie assistance

Please note that applicants can only receive assistance under the Disaster Assistance Scheme OR the Disaster Assistance (Essential Working Capital) Scheme for an eligible disaster - not both.

Non-activated Events
Queensland primary producers significantly impacted by hail, wind or other storm damage may be eligible to apply for loans up to $250,000 to recover and rebuild. An affected producer firstly needs to apply for an Individually Disaster Stricken Property (IDSP) certificate from the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF). This certificate will give producers access to freight subsidies and loans.

QRIDA administers financial assistance to disaster affected primary producers, businesses and non-profit organisations under the joint Commonwealth / Queensland Government funded Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements 2018.

Types of Assistance

Special Disaster Assistance Recover Grants are for cleaning and reinstating activities including:

  • hiring or leasing equipment or materials to; clean premises, property or equipment or to immediately resume operations
  • 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

Take a look at the Frequently Asked Questions for more detail.


Disaster Assistance Loans are for recovery activities including:

  • repairing or replacing damaged plant and equipment
  • repairing or replacing buildings
  • purchasing livestock to replace those lost, or replacing commercial stock for businesses
  • meeting carry-on requirements including:
    • re-planting, restoring or re-establishing areas affected
    • sustenance
    • essential property operations
    • paying rent and rates

Take a look at the Frequently Asked Questions for more detail.


Disaster Assistance Loans (Essential Working Capital) are for carry-on costs including:

  • paying salaries or wages
  • paying creditors
  • paying rent or rates
  • buying fodder or water for livestock or produce
  • transporting livestock or produce

Take a look at the Frequently Asked Questions for more detail.

Last updated
16 February 2019