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13 December 2018: Go local and support Central Queensland this Christmas

When looking for the perfect gift this year the Palaszczuk Government is urging Queenslanders to put local small business at the top of their Christmas shopping list.

6 December 2018: State Government helps small business with fire recovery

The Queensland Government is implementing a range of relief measures to help Central Queensland small businesses impacted by the region’s bushfires.

19 November 2018: Battery grants drive next renewable wave

The next wave of Queensland’s renewable revolution starts tomorrow, when grants become available for households and small businesses to install batteries to store their solar power.

19 November 2018: Grants to support bus driver safety

Queensland’s urban bus operators can now apply for funding to support the safety of their drivers.

19 October 2018: Round 1 of $10m Rural Economic Development Grants program closes soon

Expression of Interest for Round One must be received by the 26th October 2018 with successful applicants then invited to submit a full application. Businesses related to the primary production supply chain are encouraged to apply.

5 September 2018: $10 million in agriculture grants now available

Local jobs in rural and regional Queensland will receive a boost thanks to the Palaszczuk Government’s new $10 million Rural Economic Development Grants Program.

30 August 2018: Vessel tracking rebate scheme now open

A rebate scheme to assist fishers with the costs of buying and installing vessel tracking units has commenced, with details of the scheme released today.

21 August 2018: Sustainability Loan keeps predators out of the paddock

Sustainability Loan aims to help primary producers who are affected by the recent increase in wild dog attacks in western Queensland.

25 July 2018: Debt survey shows financial landscape of the bush

Total rural debt in Queensland is $17.2 billion, a rise of only 1.6 per cent since 2011 according to the 2017 Queensland Rural Debt Survey.

25 July 2018: More jobs for the regions under new grants scheme

The Palaszczuk Government is injecting $10 million into the agricultural sector and supporting rural communities through its newly-developed Rural Economic Development (RED) Grants Program.

23 July 2018: $100 million boost for Queensland agriculture

More than $100 million in concessional loans have been approved in the past 12 months to help young farmers buy or lease their first property, and to improve on-farm productivity

10 May 2018: QRIDA support of Qld rural industry heads to $1bn mark

We have approved almost $1 billion in low interest loans to support Queensland primary producers in particular the beef industry over it’s 23 year history.

9 May 2018: Queensland beef families lead the way on farm succession rebates

Queensland beef producers and their family members have led the way in taking up rebates for farm succession planning advice.

2 May 2018: QRIDA appoints new Regional Area Manager for Capricornia

John Metelli has been appointed as the new Regional Area Manager for the Capricornia region, based in QRIDA’s office in Rockhampton.

19 April 2018: Low interest loans available for disaster affected primary producers from TC Nora

Primary producers across eight (8) North Queensland shires directly affected by major rainfall and flooding events in February and March may be eligible for low interest loans up to $250,000.

18 April 2018: Recovery grant deadline extended for producers in Bundaberg and North Burnett

The deadline to apply for the grants has been extended to 20 July 2018.

11 April 2018: Financial assistance for producers affected by Severe Tropical Cyclone Nora

Flood-damaged producers across the Cassowary Coast and Hinchinbrook Shire Council regions are again eligible for natural disaster assistance.

4 April 2018: Loans available for disaster affected primary producers across North & North-West Qld

Primary producers across four North Queensland shires directly affected by rainfall and flooding in February and March may be eligible for low interest loans up to $250,000.

27 March 2018: New NAPCO CEO in conversation at Beef Breakfast

Rural Press Club of Queensland’s Beef Australia 2018 Breakfast to be held in Rockhampton on Thursday 10 May.

9 March 2018: Mandatory farm debt mediation program passes 6 month mark

After 6 months, Queensland’s Farm Business Debt Mediation scheme is already having a positive impact on farmers across the state.

23 January 2018: Queensland Farm Debt Restructure Office opens

The Palaszczuk Government has established a dedicated office to assist Queensland primary producers experiencing financial distress access free expert financial analysis and advice.

5 January 2018: TC Debbie recovery grants for primary producers exceed $15 million

Queensland primary producers impacted by Severe Tropical Cyclone Debbie last March have received more than $15 million in Natural Disaster Recovery Grants to assist with clean-up and recovery efforts.

3 January 2018: QRIDA's Bill Fletcher bids farewell to the South Burnett

The South Burnett region will miss the friendly face and helpful nature of Bill Fletcher, the long-time regional representative of the Queensland Rural and Industry Development Authority (QRIDA), who has announced his retirement after recently clocking up 10 years of service for the organisation.

5 December 2017: Don’t take disaster grants for granted – Debbie applications closing soon

Primary producers, small businesses and non-profit organisations impacted by Severe Tropical Cyclone Debbie have just under 6 weeks to claim up to $25,000 in Natural Disaster Recovery Grants

16 November 2017: Recovery grants available for Monto producers

Natural Disaster Recovery Grants of up to $25,000 have been made available for eligible primary producers in the Monto area following October’s severe weather event.

3 October 2017: $63 million for Queensland ag’s next generation

The Queensland Rural and Industry Development Authority (QRIDA) approved more than $63 million in funding to help establish more than 100 next generation primary producers in agriculture in 2016-17.

20 September 2017: TC Debbie grant deadline extended as assistance nears $12 million

Primary producers, small businesses and non-profit organisations affected by Cyclone Debbie which now have an additional three months to apply for Category C Natural Disaster Recovery Grants, of which almost $12 million have been approved so far.

15 September 2017: Palaszczuk Government helping to rejuvenate Queensland agriculture

The Palaszczuk Government’s landmark decision to remove stamp duty on family farm transfers is helping to revitalise and rejuvenate Queensland’s farms.

21 July 2017: Up to $3 million available for prawn farmers affected by White Spot

Prawn farmers in the Logan and Albert River catchments whose operations have been disrupted by White Spot Disease can now apply for up to $3 million in low interest finance to aid their recovery.

21 July 2017: More funding and lower interest rates for farm loans

The Queensland Government’s First Start and Sustainability Loans are now open for application again, with more funding and lower interest rates.

11 July 2017: Still time for farmers to apply for disaster recovery grants

Primary producers affected by Severe Tropical Cyclone Debbie and the resulting floods are reminded that Natural Disaster Recovery Grants remain open to application until 13 October 2017.

28 June: New era for rural assistance statutory authority

Rural and regional Queenslanders will have a new look financial assistance organisation by their side as QRAA becomes the Queensland Rural and Industry Development Authority (QRIDA) from 1 July.

22 June 2017: Equitable resolution for farm business debt matters

Queensland producers experiencing financial difficulty will be better protected from 1 July when mandatory farm business debt mediation comes into effect says Agriculture Minister Bill Byrne.

5 June 2017: New appointments to QRAA board

Agriculture Minister Bill Byrne has welcomed the appointment of two experienced agribusiness finance executives – Leith Boully and Zoe Kenneally - to the board of the Queensland Rural Adjustment Authority (QRAA).

29 May 2017: QRAA board visits North West Queensland

QRAA’s Board of Directors will gather in Cloncurry on Tuesday 30 and Wednesday 31 May to strengthen the organisation’s commitment to the North West, meeting with locals and formally opening its newest office.

17 May 2017: Extra drought dollars to help farmers to restructure, recover and revive

Drought-affected primary producers in Queensland are being urged to take advantage of additional $15 million in financial assistance to help them recover, restructure, and revive their business.

7 May 2017: Recovery grants ramp up for businesses affected by Debbie

With more than 300 applications submitted so far, additional staff have been drafted in to process applications for Natural Disaster Recovery Grants (Category C) from Queensland primary producers and businesses impacted by Severe Tropical Cyclone Debbie.

4 April 2017: Producers in seven more areas can now access recovery assistance

Agriculture Minister Bill Byrne has welcomed activation of Category B assistance for primary producers in a further seven local government areas.

30 March 2017: Interview with QRAA's Craig Turner about disaster relief - ABC Country Hour

Transcript of interview with Craig Turner and ABC's Charlie McKillop about the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements which have been activated following Cyclone Debbie.

29 March 2017: Financial assistance to help producers affected by cyclone

Disaster assistance has been activated for producers affected by Severe Tropical Cyclone Debbie in the Whitsunday and Mackay Regional Council areas.

27 March 2017: Record $120 million take-up of productivity loans by Queensland agriculture

Queensland primary producers have taken up a record $120 million in QRAA’s First Start and Sustainability Loans during 2016-17.

24 March 2017: Succession planning grants now available for Queensland producers

Queensland producers now have access to grants of up to $2500 to help tackle family business and succession planning thanks to the Queensland Government.

22 March 2017: New laws force compulsory mediation before rural foreclosures

Banks will not be able to foreclose on Queensland farming properties without offering mediation from July 1.

27 February 2017: Additional $50 million boost for Queensland’s primary producers

The Palaszczuk Government has approved an additional $50 million to be provided to primary producers as concessional loans following an unprecedented uptake for financial assistance and to support prawn farmers affected by the white spot disease to rebuild their businesses.

3 January 2017: QRAA sustains low interest rates on productivity loans

Queensland primary producers will continue to benefit from low interest rates to help them improve profitability and build their businesses, with QRAA announcing their latest rates effective 1 January 2017.

Media releases 2016

QRAA media releases from 2016

Last updated
6 July 2017