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Frequently Asked Questions - Grants - Primary Producer

QRIDA provides assistance under the joint Commonwealth and State Government funded Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements 2018 to eligible primary producers. Disaster events activated for grants assistance include:

Eligible disasterDefined disaster area

North and Far North Queensland Monsoon Trough, 25 January - 10 February 2019

  • Burdekin Shire Council
  • Cloncurry Shire Council
  • Douglas Shire Council
  • Flinders Shire Ccouncil
  • Hinchinbrook Shire Council
  • McKinlay Shire Council
  • Richmond Shire Council
  • Townsville City Council
  • Winton Shire Council

Grants under this scheme are available to help eligible applicants clean-up and reinstate their primary production enterprise, by paying for costs arising out of direct damage caused by the disaster event.

An Exceptional Circumstances Grant up to a maximum of $25,000 is available to assist eligible primary producers.

  • Initial grant amounts to assist you with cleaning and reinstatement costs immediately following the disaster event - up to a total of $5,000; and
  • Subsequent grant amounts to assist you with additional cleaning and reinstatement costs - up to a total of $20,000

A total of $25,000 in assistance is available under the Scheme.

Assistance available

What do I need to provide with my initial grant application?
Initial grant applications are designed to provide assistance with cleaning and reinstatement costs immediately following the disaster event, up to a total of $5,000. Applicants must provide evidence of the direct damage, including photographs, estimates and quotations. Tax invoices and official receipts should be supplied if available.  For claims over the initial grant amount of $5,000, full evidence of payment for clean-up and reinstatement costs will be required for all grant funds received (i.e. including the initial $5,000)

What do I need to provide with my subsequent grant application?
You will need to provide evidence that all amounts claimed to date have been fully paid.  This includes the amounts provided under your initial claim if they have not already been provided.

Evidence of expenditure / payment to be provided is as follows:

  • Copies of tax invoices must include full details of the goods and services supplied and clearly identifiable as being related to damage from the eligible disaster; and
  • where the value of the Disaster Assistance Grant has exceeded $5,000, evidence of payment must be provided for all grant funds received.  Copies of tax invoices AND evidence that these invoices have been paid (e.g. bank statements or electronic bank transfer confirmations).

The continuation of my primary production enterprise is in doubt because I am unable to pay reinstatement costs up front. What options do I have to access the assistance?
You can apply for the initial grant amounts, up to a total of $5,000 prior to paying clean-up and restoration costs. However, if you are making a claim for the subsequent grant you need to provide evidence that you have completed and paid for the work that was undertaken (including the initial $5,000 grant)

I have no photographic evidence of the damage caused to my operation. How do I demonstrate my eligibility for the initial grant?
In the absence of photographic evidence you may still apply and provide quotes or tax invoices that can be identified as related to North and Far North Queensland Monsoon Trough 25 January - 10 February.  If further evidence is required, QRIDA will make contact to discuss your circumstances. Photographs taken using a smartphone are generally eligible.

I have a small grazing property which currently is not my main source of income and has suffered damage to fences and cattle yards. Am I eligible for assistance?
Predominantly lifestyle, retirement and hobby farm enterprises are not eligible for assistance under the Scheme. However, if your business is in a build-up phase and shall generate the majority of your income in the short-to-medium term, you may be eligible for assistance. In these cases, please contact QRIDA to discuss.

Should you seek to apply under this criterion, QRIDA shall generally require full financial information (financial statements, management records and tax returns) plus a business plan and forecast cashflows to evidence how and when your primary production business shall represent your main source of income.

These applications will be assessed by QRIDA on a case-by-case basis.

How many times can I claim for assistance?
You can submit one claim application for all items of expenditure on completion and payment of works.  Alternatively multiple applications can be lodged for the initial grant – up to a total of $5,000.  You can also lodge multiple applications for the subsequent grant as your clean-up and reinstatement works are progressively completed and paid for – up to a total of $20,000 (maximum total of $25,000 for combined initial and subsequent grants). Keep in mind that when your claim exceeds $5,000, evidence of payment must be provided for all funds received to-date (i.e. evidence of payment from the first dollar received).

Can I request that grant funds be paid into any bank account I choose to nominate?
No. Grant funds must be paid into a bank account in the same name as your application or trading entity. For example, if your enterprise operates as a partnership, grant funds can only be paid into your partnership account.

Eligible costs

My primary production enterprise has suffered a loss of trade as a result of the disaster. Can I apply for assistance to cover loss of income?
No, Loss of income is not eligible under this scheme.  This assistance is available to help with costs of clean-up and reinstatement caused by direct damage from the disaster event.

However, if your enterprise has not experienced direct damage, but has suffered a significant loss of income as a result of North and Far North Queensland Monsoon Trough 25 January - 10 February, you may be eligible to apply for a Disaster Assistance (Essential Working Capital) loan of up to $100,000.

For information on the Disaster Assistance (Essential Working Capital) loans click here.

I’ve used my own equipment to repair damage. Can I claim costs in relation to this?
You are not able to claim assistance for the use of your own equipment, for example dry hire or the cost of your own labour.

You may however claim for any additional labour or fuel, oil and other costs incurred in the use of this equipment. Fuel, machinery and operator costs incurred as a result of the eligible disaster can be detailed using the Fuel Calculator Schedule within the application form.

Can I use the assistance to purchase items not owned at the time of the disaster to undertake repair work?
No. The assistance is only available for the purchase or hire or lease costs for equipment essential to the immediate resumption of farming activities.

However, if a generator was purchased after the disaster event, QRIDA will consider reimbursing the cost of hiring an equivalent generator for the period without power.  If you consider an item is essential for the immediate resumption of your farming activities, you should provide full details of this to QRIDA for consideration.

Are fodder drops or essential movement of livestock eligible expenditure items for primary producers?
Yes. Costs associated with these items are eligible for assistance to enable you to immediately resume your business. However, the ongoing purchase of fodder is generally not eligible.

Can I apply for assistance to use helicopters to deliver fodder drops to stranded livestock?

Yes, assistance may be available for:

  1. the hire costs of a helicopter used to deliver fodder drops to stranded livestock;
  2. the costs of fuel associated with the use of an applicant’s helicopter to deliver fodder drops;
  3. the costs as invoiced by a Local Government Authority for the use of a helicopter to deliver fodder drops.

Can I apply for an individual grant for expenditure associated with collaborative activities, for example a group of producers combining to freight fodder?
Yes. Individual applicants are eligible to apply for their share of costs associated with joint activities for eligible purposes. Full details and evidence of payment of these collaborative activities will need to be provided to QRIDA.

Is assistance available for the cost of replacing dead livestock?
Yes, but clear evidence and details must be provided of stock that perished as a consequence of the disaster event including precise numbers.
For other assistance with purchasing livestock which may not meet the eligibility criteria for this scheme please refer to information on the Disaster Assistance Loans Scheme by clicking here

Is assistance available for replacing lost or damaged plants?
Yes, but only in circumstances where replacement is essential to immediately resume business operations. For example, an intensive nursery grower that has lost rootstock in a disaster event may need to replace this stock before it can re-open its operations.

For assistance with replanting expenses that are not required for the immediate resumption of the business please refer to information on the Disaster Assistance Loans Scheme by clicking here

A family member has their own contracting business.  Can I use them to repair our damage?
You are able to use relatives to repair your damage as long as transactions are retained at arm’s length and conducted in the same way as with any other contractor. Any contractors used must have an ABN and provide a tax invoice and official receipt for work completed. QRIDA may request additional information in these circumstances to confirm the validity of the claim.

Can I apply for assistance to repair or replace my house and/or household goods?
No.  The assistance does not cover repairing houses or repairing or replacing household goods.

For information on household assistance, please contact the Department of Communities on 1800 173 349 or visit www.communities.qld.gov.au

Can I seek clean-up and recovery costs for damage incurred on a property I am leasing?
Yes, as long as you can satisfactorily demonstrate that you as tenant (lessee) are primarily responsible for the cost of the eligible clean-up and repairs.

A lease is a legal contract that defines in broad terms the responsibilities for landlord (lessor) and tenant (lessee) in relation to repairs and maintenance. Often such leases are supplemented with other documents outlining insurances, improvements and operational matters.

QRIDA also recognise that the lessor and lessee may from time to time agree to reassign responsibility for activities within the context of their lease arrangement if both parties concur.

An applicant is required to provide a copy of their lease and any other documents to QRIDA to demonstrate that they are primarily responsible for the eligible costs being claimed.

QRIDA may also accept a co-signed statutory declaration if this assists the applicant in demonstrating they are responsible for costs being claimed or they are unable to immediately resume farming activities without meeting the cost of reinstatement of the damaged property themselves.

Such a co-signed statutory declaration for an applicant who is the lessee (tenant) should clearly state:

  1. That the lessor will not be meeting the costs of reinstatement of the damaged property for which the lessee (applicant) has made the grant application;
  2. That the applicant (lessee) cannot immediately resume business activities without meeting the cost of reinstatement of the damaged property themselves;
  3. The nature and extent of damage impacting on the immediate resumption of business activities;
  4. Details of the reinstatement costs being claimed by the applicant which differ from the existing lease contract or other documents outlining the liabilities/responsibilities of each party and which have been agreed between the parties;
  5. That these same costs are not covered by insurance or other government assistance.

Please note the statutory declaration does not guarantee approval of the application, but simply provides QRIDA with information clarifying liabilities and responsibilities in respect to a leased property, specifically relating to damage and costs, in order to undertake an assessment of a grant application.

I commenced cleaning-up my property before the assistance was activated. Can I apply for assistance in relation to costs I incurred before the assistance was activated?
Yes. Assistance may be available for these costs as long as they were incurred (invoiced and receipted), after the disaster event commenced.

I am a fisher based in a defined disaster area.  Can I apply for the assistance?
Fishers who have sustained direct damage to fishing equipment and vessels as a result of the disaster may be eligible for assistance. Assistance is not however available to compensate for loss of income due to inability to fish because of the event.

If your enterprise has not experienced direct damage but has suffered a significant loss of income as a result of the disaster, you may be eligible to apply for a Disaster Assistance (Essential Working Capital) loan of up to $100,000.

For information on the Disaster Assistance (Essential Working Capital) Loans Scheme click here.

General eligibility

Can I apply for assistance if I have insurance to cover disaster damage?
Yes. However, you will not be eligible for assistance under the scheme if you receive or are entitled to receive an insurance amount to cover clean-up and reinstatement costs. A Disaster Recovery Grant cannot be substituted for making a claim under an insurance policy.

Irrespective of the insurance cover held or the status of an outstanding insurance claim, QRIDA still encourages Disaster Recovery Grant applications to be made.

QRIDA may be unable to finalise your Disaster Recovery Grant application until the outcome of your insurance claim is determined. A copy of your insurance policy may also be requested.

Applications for a subsequent claim will need to provide written advice from their insurance provider on the result of their claim.

Can I contract to complete disaster recovery repairs on a neighbouring farm and then my neighbour contracts to complete similar repairs on my farm, and we both claim?
No. Contract work can only be considered as an eligible claim when the repairs cannot be undertaken utilising your own equipment. You may however claim for additional labour or fuel, oil and other costs incurred in the use of this equipment. Refer to the Fuel Calculator section of the application form.

Is GST included in any payment received?
No. If you are registered for GST, the GST component on your invoice(s) should be claimed once you complete your Business Activity Statement (BAS).  You will receive a ‘payment advice’ and approval letter from us if your application is successful.  Please retain as a record for taxation purposes.

If you are NOT registered for GST and therefore unable to claim the GST portion from the Australian Tax Office (ATO), QRIDA will consider reimbursement of the GST inclusive amount on your invoice/s. However, please note that for a primary producer to be eligible under the scheme, it must represent your main source of income.

Can the assistance be subject to later audit?
Yes. QRIDA may conduct an audit to verify the assistance has been used in accordance with the claim. Applicants must retain all evidence of expenditure associated with their claim until 12 months after the closing date for the scheme.

Penalties apply for providing false or misleading information in applications under the Rural and Regional Adjustment Act 1994 or the Criminal Code.

How do I apply?
Applications can be made:

  • By emailing your scanned completed application form and supporting documentation to QRIDA at contact_us@qrida.qld.gov.au. Your total email message size should be under 8MB.  If your email size exceeds 8MB you can send your documentation in across multiple emails.  If you are unsure, please contact us on 1800 623 946 to confirm receipt.
  • By posting your completed application form and supporting documentation to QRIDA.

Has your question been answered?
If you require further assistance, please contact QRIDA on:

Email: contact_us@qrida.qld.gov.au

Phone: Freecall 1800 623 946

Post:   GPO Box 211, Brisbane, QLD, 4001

Regional support
QRIDA also has a network of nine Regional Area Managers (RAM’s) based throughout regional Queensland to provide up-to-date information on QRIDA’s programs. Our are available to meet on-farm to help producers with their queries and assist with their applications. Click here to find your local Regional Area Manager.

Last updated
18 February 2019