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Disaster recovery

Primary producers, small business owners and not-for-profits directly affected during any of these disaster events listed in the table below could be eligible for a low interest loan or grant. See the specific disaster event for more information.

For information on the Personal Hardship Assistance Scheme contact the Department of Communities, Disability Services and Seniors on 1800 173 349 or www.communities.qld.gov.au

Disaster EventPrimary ProducersSmall BusinessesNot-for-profit organisations
Eastern Queensland Bushfires, 7 October – 19 December 2019
  • Loan and grant assistance currently unavailable
Southern Queensland Bushfires, 6 – 12 September 2019 

Severe Tropical Cyclone Trevor and associated low pressure system, 19 – 27 March 2019
  • Loan and grant assistance currently unavailable

North & Far North Queensland Monsoon Trough , 25 January – 14 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

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.

QRIDA administers financial assistance to disaster affected primary producers, businesses and not-for-profit organisations under the joint Commonwealth / Queensland Government funded Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements 2018.

Latest updates

  • Primary producers, small business and non-profits who suffered direct damage as a result of the 2019-2020 bushfire disaster events may be able to access Extraordinary Bushfire Assistance Loans of up to $500,000.
  • Applications for Special Disaster Assistance Recovery Grants following the North and Far North Queensland Monsoon Trough 25 January – 14 February 2019 have been extended until 30 June 2020.
  • Primary producers who were directly impacted by the Eastern or Southern Queensland Bushfires may be eligible for an Emergency Bushfire Response in Primary Industries Grant up to $75,000.

Disaster Recovery Grants

Funding delivered to primary producers, small businesses and non-profit organisations recovering from flooding in North Queensland surpassed $124 million this week.


Farm Debt Restructure Office

Are you experiencing financial challenges with your farming enterprise and looking for help?

The Farm Business Analysis Assistance program is a free no obligation service, designed to assist primary producers experiencing financial difficulties and can help you get back on track with your finances.

Last updated
16 March 2020