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Our History

The Queensland Rural and Industry Development Authority has come a long way since our early beginnings in 1986, when we were known as the Government Schemes Division, part of the Queensland Industry Development Corporation (QIDC).

On 1 October 1994, the division completely separated from QIDC and under the Rural and Regional Adjustment Act 1994 (Qld) became the 'Queensland Rural Adjustment Authority' (QRAA), reporting to the State Government.

QRAA’s core responsibilities were to administer the Queensland Government's Primary Industry Productivity Enhancement Scheme and support the delivery of Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangement (NDRRA) assistance for primary producers, small businesses and non-profit organisations (jointly funded by the Queensland and Australian Governments). Other financial assistance programs were also administered when required.

We became the Queensland Rural and Industry Development Authority on 1 July 2017, as a result of the Farm Business Debt Mediation Act 2017 (Qld).

Since then, we have retained QRAA’s key responsibilities while doing even more for rural and regional Queenslanders.

Today our functions include:

  • properly and fairly administering State and Commonwealth approved schemes of support for rural industry;
  • Overseeing Queensland’s Farm Business Debt Mediation program
  • Undertaking research and providing advice to government
  • Developing Queensland’s Farm Debt Restructure Office.

Strategic Plan

QRIDA's 2016-2020 Strategic Plan provides the framework that will enable the organisation to achieve our strategic intent of achieving self sufficiency through cost leadership, growth and capability.

Last updated
30 June 2017