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Special Disaster Assistance Recovery Grants – Primary Producer

If your primary production enterprise suffered direct damage as a result of the North and Far North Queensland Monsoon Trough, 25 January - 14 February 2019, grants are available from QRIDA to assist your enterprise to pay for costs of clean-up and reinstatement activities. Applications have been extended until 30 June 2020.

What assistance is available?

Special Disaster Assistance Recovery Grants up to a maximum of $75,000 are available to assist eligible primary producers to assist with clean-up and reinstatement costs.

Please note: Should an initial application be less than the maximum grant amount, further applications may be submitted if additional expenditure is required to complete clean-up and reinstatement activities.

How can the assistance help you?

Eligible clean-up and reinstatement activities can include:

  • Hiring or leasing equipment or materials to clean premises, property or equipment;
  • Removing and disposing of debris, damaged goods, materials including injured or dead livestock;
  • Repairing or replacing fencing on the property;
  • Purchasing and transporting fodder or feed for livestock;
  • Replacing livestock;
  • Replacing lost or damaged plants, salvaging crops, repairing or restoring fields;
  • Repairing, reconditioning or replacing essential plant or equipment;
  • Maintaining the health of livestock;
  • Paying additional wages to an employee to assist with clean-up work.

Defined disaster areas:

The Minister for Fire and Emergency Services has activated disaster assistance in relation to the following eligible disasters:

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

To be eligible for assistance you must own a primary production enterprise located in one of the ‘defined disaster areas’ for the relevant disaster (see below):

Eligible disasterDefined disaster area

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

  • Burdekin Shire Council
  • Burke Shire Council
  • Carpentaria Shire Council
  • Charters Towers Regional Council
  • Cloncurry Shire Council
  • Douglas Shire Council
  • Etheridge Shire Council
  • Flinders Shire Council
  • Hinchinbrook Shire Council
  • McKinlay Shire Council
  • Richmond Shire Council
  • Townsville City Council
  • Whitsunday Regional 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 disaster affected primary producers, businesses and non-profit organisations under the joint Commonwealth / Queensland Government funded Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements 2018.

Related information

Key tips for applicants:

1. take photos of damage
2. keep your paperwork; receipts, invoices, quotes and estimates etc.
3. contact us with any questions

Useful downloads

Other support agencies

National Drought and North Queensland Flood Response and Recovery Agency - visit the website to find out more on what recovery assistance is available to primary producers across the North and North West.

Department of Agriculture and Fisheries has more information on the range of flood assistance and other support available to Queensland primary producers from fodder and freight subsidies to accessing Rural Financial Counsellors.

Lifeline 131 114

Beyond Blue 1300 224 636

Salvation Army 1300 362 622

Current disaster activations

North & Far North Queensland Monsoon Trough, 25 January – 14 February 2019 (PDF)

For all other events please visit the Queensland Reconstruction Authority website.

Category C Establishment Notices

North & Far North Queensland Monsoon Trough, 25 January - 14 February 2019 (PDF)

Contact us

Freecall 1800 623 946


Regional Area Managers

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This is a joint Commonwealth/Queensland Government funded assistance scheme under the Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA)

Last updated
30 June 2020