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Special Disaster Assistance Recovery Grants – Small Business

If your small business suffered direct damage caused by North and Far North Queensland Monsoon Trough 25 January - 14 February 2019, grants are available from QRIDA to assist your small business pay for costs of clean-up and reinstatement. Applications have been extended until 30 June 2020.

What assistance is available?

A Special Disaster Assistance Recovery Grant up to a maximum of $50,000 is available to assist eligible small businesses as follows:

  • Initial grant up to a total of $25,000 - to assist you with cleaning and reinstatement costs immediately following the disaster event, supported by evidence of damage eg photographs and/or quotes or estimates; and
  • Subsequent grant up to a further $25,000 - to assist you with additional cleaning and reinstatement costs must be supported by evidence of damage, invoices, proof of payment and insurances finalised.

If claiming a subsequent grant then evidence of payment must be supplied for both the initial and subsequent grant amounts. For further information, please refer to the scheme guidelines and application form.

Note: Businesses that have insurance can apply immediately for and receive payment, up to the $25,000 initial grant limit, to meet any eligible costs of clean-up and reinstatement prior to their insurance assessment.

In addition, QRIDA will consider including the insurance excess cost (or a portion of the excess cost) up to the initial grant limit of $25,000, subject to evidence being provided of the damage sustained, the cost to repair the damage, and a copy of insurance policy confirming excess amount.

How can the assistance help you?

The assistance enables you to pay for costs associated with cleaning and reinstatement activities.

Examples of eligible activities:

  • hiring or leasing equipment or materials essential to clean-up or for immediately resuming business activities
  • removing and disposing of debris, damaged goods and material
  • repairing buildings or repairing or replacing fittings in buildings (business premises)
  • replacing lost or damaged stock essential for immediately resuming trading
  • leasing temporary premises to resume operations
  • engaging a person to clean or to conduct a safety inspection of premises
  • paying additional wages to an employee to assist with the clean-up work

Assistance under this scheme is not intended to compensate for loss of income suffered as a result of the disaster event and assistance provided is subject to future audit.

Defined Disaster Areas:

The Minister for Fire and Emergency Services has activated North and Far North Queensland Monsoon Trough 25 January - 14 February 2019.

To be eligible for assistance you must own and have operated a small business 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
  • Charters Towers Regional Council
  • Cloncurry Shire Council
  • Etheridge Shire Council
  • Flinders Shire Council
  • McKinlay Shire Council
  • Richmond Shire Council
  • Townsville City Council

Special Disaster Assistance Recovery Grants are subject to terms and conditions which are detailed in Scheme Guidelines.  Please view the Guidelines for detailed information regarding eligibility criteria, eligible activities for which the grant can be used and how to apply.

Please also refer to the Frequently Asked Questions.

Should you have any queries our Regional Area Managers are available to assist you, or please phone on Freecall 1800 623 946 or email QRIDA

Related information

Useful downloads

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.

Establishment notices

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

Contact us

Freecall 1800 623 946

Media releases

Regional Area Managers

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This is a joint Commonwealth/Queensland Government funded assistance scheme under the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA)

Last updated
2 March 2020