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Exceptional Disaster Assistance Loans - Primary Producer & Business

Primary producers and business owners whose assets have sustained exceptional damage as a direct result of the North and Far North Queensland Monsoon Trough disaster event may be able to access low interest Exceptional Disaster Assistance Loans of up to $1,000,000.

What assistance is available?

Concessional loans are available to assist you to:

  • repair or replace damaged plant and equipment used in your primary production enterprise or business
  • repair or replace buildings
  • meet requirements for carrying on your primary production enterprise or business, including:
    • buying goods used to operate the business
    • paying rates, rent or wages
    • paying creditors
  • for a primary production enterprise - meet carry-on requirements including:
    • re-planting, restoring or re-establishing areas affected by the disaster event
    • buying livestock to replace livestock lost as a result of the disaster event
    • sustaining livestock
    • carrying on essential property operations


Loan amount
  • Maximum of $1,000,000
  • The maximum loan amount includes any previously approved Disaster Assistance Loans for the North and Far North Queensland Monsoon Trough
Maximum term
  • Up to 10 years
  • No repayments of either principal or interest for the first 2 years of the loan
  • A further 2 years interest only period may be available
  • Loans must be secured by a mortgage of land and other assets satisfactory to QRIDA
  • No establishment fees, no account maintenance fees and no fees for early payout
Application closing date
  • Applications for these loans close on 30 June 2021

Interest rates

The initial annual interest rate applying from the third year of the loan is:

RateEligible disaster
  • North and Far North Queensland Monsoon Trough, 25 January - 14 February

Defined disaster areas

To be eligible for assistance you must have been operating a primary production enterprise or business in the "defined disaster area" below:

Eligible disasterDefined disaster area

North and Far North Queensland Monsoon Trough 25 January - 14 February 2019

  • Burke Shire Council
  • Carpentaria Shire Council
  • Cloncurry Shire Council
  • Flinders Shire Council
  • McKinlay Shire Council
  • Richmond Shire Council
  • Winton Shire Council

Should you have any queries in relation to the Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements 2018 please contact us on Freecall 1800 623 946 or contact your nearest Regional Area Manager in one of our regional offices.

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

Last updated
15 July 2019