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Extraordinary Disaster Assistance Recovery Grants - Ex-Tropical Cyclone Seth

Extraordinary Disaster Assistance Recovery Grants are available to assist directly impacted primary producers, small businesses and non-profit organisations with the costs of clean-up and reinstatement of their business.

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Grants available for affected producers

Grants of up to $50,000 are available for affected producers following Ex-Tropical Cyclone Seth, 2 - 10 January 2022 to hire or purchase equipment and materials, clean up, remove debris, replace fencing and other costs associated with the recovery process. Producers should take photographs of the direct damage to accompany their application/s.

Producers need to show they are an eligible primary producer, within the defined disaster area and demonstrate they have suffered direct impact from the disaster.

The maximum grant amount is $50,000 and can be accessed through the following:

  • Initial application/s up to the total amount of $10,000 is available to support an initial claim. Evidence of the direct damage such as photographs and quotations, tax invoices and official receipts is required.
  • Subsequent application/s up to the total amount of $40,000 is available to support subsequent claims for which full evidence of payment is required.

Complete applications are assessed in order of receipt and QRIDA may request further information to help assess an application.

How to apply

Providing you have the required documentation and meet eligibility, you can apply for the grant over a number of applications or two separate applications. Please do not mail original documents as we are unable to return them.

Example 1:

  • If you have quotes to the value of $10,000, then you can make an initial application for the full $10,000
  • If you only have quotes to the value of $9,000 and you’re expecting more quotes to come in later, you can submit an application for the first $1,000 and then submit a second application for the $1,000 when your next round of quotes come in
  • This initial amount is to support with cash flow back into the business with either deposits, small payments and more.

Example 2:

  • You have now spent the initial $10,000 on deposits and/or minor work and require additional funding to complete the work
  • Once you have applied for and received the initial $10,000, you will be required to complete an additional application which involves acquitting the funds (letting us know how you spent the initial $10,000) and provide evidence such as receipts or invoices and proof of the payment of these, to support this next request for funds
  • You can apply for subsequent amounts as many times as you need until you reach the total amount. 

How can the assistance help you?

Eligible clean-up, reinstatement activities and emergency measures include:

  • Equipment and materials to undertake clean-up
  • Additional labour costs (above and beyond normal wage expenditure i.e. day-to-day staffing)
  • Disposing of damaged goods and injured or dead livestock, including associated costs
  • Repairs to buildings (other than housing)
  • Fencing not covered by any other assistance
  • Reconditioning/ repairing essential plant and equipment
  • Salvaging crops, grain and feeds
  • Purchase or hire/ lease costs for equipment essential to the immediate resumption of the business
  • Payment for tradespeople to conduct safety inspections
  • Essential repairs to premises and internal fittings that is not covered by insurance.

Defined disaster area

The Minister for Fire and Emergency Services has activated disaster assistance for Ex-Tropical Cyclone Seth, 2 – 10 January 2022

To be eligible for assistance your property must be located in one of the defined disaster areas:

  • Bundaberg Regional Council
  • Fraser Coast Regional Council
  • Gympie Regional Council
  • North Burnett Regional Council
  • South Burnett Regional Council

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. 

Apply now

Applications close 3 February 2023. A new application must be completed for an initial and subsequent application. 

To email your application, please attach documents as a pdf, jpeg, png, doc or excel. Please do not send links.

Frequently asked questions

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The primary production business must generate the majority of your income, unless you can demonstrate the production potential of the business to eventually derive the majority of your income.

An example of the production potential of the business - you have planted a commercial size fruit orchard that is still maturing which will eventually provide the majority of your income.

Yes, however, you will need to provide satisfactory evidence of damage to your premises evidencing that you are unable to conduct your operations from that site and of costs associated with leasing or renting the temporary premises.

You are able to use relatives with their own contracting business to repair your damage as long as transactions are at arm’s length and conducted in the same way as with any other contractor. For example, an eligible and correct tax invoice for the work completed is provided from the contractor, and the contractor holds a current ABN.

You may be eligible if you can establish that your properties are eligible separate businesses

When determining an eligible separate business, QRIDA may consider (but is not limited to):

  • the staffing arrangements of the separate property
  • whether the property has its own plant equipment or stock
  • the accounting arrangements of the separate property
  • whether the separate property operates under its own trading name
  • the commercial scale, viability and autonomy of each property.

QRIDA will consider each application on a case by case basis taking into account the particular circumstances.

Yes, you are able to claim assistance for the actual costs of any additional labour or fuel and oil incurred in the use of this plant and equipment for clean-up and reinstatement activities for the disaster event.

Yes, a nursery is regarded as an eligible primary producer if they propagate the majority of their stock for sale. If the nursery is largely a retail outlet and principally sells other producers' stock, it would be regarded as a small business and may be eligible for that 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 business has not experienced direct damage, but has suffered a significant loss of income or other impacts as a result of the disaster event, you may be eligible to apply for a Disaster Assistance (Essential Working Capital) Loan.

  • Detail all the damage on the farm to demonstrate the need for assistance. This will also help with subsequent applications over and above the initial $10,000.
  • Photographs of the direct damage are required. Photographs taken using a smartphone can be suitable – if unclear provide details of what is in the photos.
  • For the initial amount of up to $10,000, you need to provide other evidence such as relevant quotes, estimates or tax invoices.
  • If claiming a subsequent grant, then evidence of payment must be supplied for both the initial and subsequent grant amounts.
  • Evidence of payment can be tax invoice(s) showing full details of the goods or services provided and evidence of payment for these tax invoices.

 

Normal staffing costs are ineligible unless they can demonstrate additional costs are incurred for clean-up and reinstatement purposes.

  • Permanent employees (including permanent full-time and permanent part-time) – only the costs of additional hours worked (e.g. overtime or extra hours / days) to assist with the clean-up and reinstatement of the enterprise
  • Contractors, casuals or temporary staff - who are engaged specifically for clean-up and reinstatement of the enterprise. If contractors, casuals or temporary staff are already employed, however, the day to day labour requirement which they were originally contracted to do has decreased or ceased altogether due to the eligible disaster, and they are assisting with clean up, these costs for clean-up and reinstatement purposes only may be eligible.

Evidence required could include payroll summary verifying staff and wage costs incurred for clean-up and reinstatement purposes only and signed by the applicant.

Yes, you are entitled to a decision review. See reviewing a decision for more information. 

Grants available for small businesses

Grants of up to $50,000 are available for affected small businesses following Ex-Tropical Cyclone Seth to hire or purchase equipment and materials, clean up, remove debris, replace or repair damaged infrastructure and stock and other costs associated with the recovery process. Businesses should take photographs of the direct damage to accompany their application/s.

Applicants need to show they are an eligible small business, within the defined disaster area and demonstrate they have suffered direct impact from the disaster.

The maximum grant amount is $50,000 and can be accessed through the following:

  • Initial application/s up to the total amount of $10,000 is available to support an initial claim. Evidence of the direct damage such as photographs and quotations, tax invoices and official receipts is required.
  • Subsequent application/s up to the total amount of $40,000 is available to support subsequent claims for which full evidence of payment is required.

Complete applications are assessed in order of receipt and QRIDA may request further information to help assess an application.

How to apply

Providing you have the required documentation and meet eligibility, you can apply for the grant over a number of applications or two separate applications.

Example 1:

  • If you have quotes to the value of $10,000, then you can make an initial application for the full $10,000
  • If you only have quotes to the value of $9,000 and you’re expecting more quotes to come in later, you can submit an application for the first $9,000 and then submit a second application for the $1,000 when your next round of quotes come in
  • This initial amount is to support with cash flow back into the business with either deposits, small payments and more.

Example 2:

  • You have now spent the initial $10,000 on deposits and/or minor work and require additional funding to complete the work
  • Once you have applied for and received the initial $10,000, you will be required to complete an additional application which involves acquitting the funds (letting us know how you spent the initial $10,000) and provide evidence such as receipts or invoices and proof of the payment of these, to support this next request for funds
  • You can apply for subsequent amounts as many times as you need until you reach the total amount.

How can the assistance help you?

Eligible clean-up, reinstatement activities and emergency measures include:

  • Equipment and materials to undertake clean-up
  • Additional labour costs (above and beyond normal wage expenditure i.e. day-to-day staffing)
  • Disposing of damaged goods and stock, including associated costs
  • Repairs to buildings (other than housing)
  • Reconditioning/ repairing essential plant and equipment
  • Purchase or hire/ lease costs for equipment essential to the immediate resumption of the business
  • Payment for tradespeople to conduct safety inspections
  • Essential repairs to premises and internal fittings that is not covered by insurance.

Defined disaster area

The Minister for Fire and Emergency Services has activated disaster assistance for Ex-Tropical Cyclone Seth, 2-10 January 2022

To be eligible for assistance your business must be located in one of the defined disaster areas:

  • Bundaberg Regional Council
  • Fraser Coast Regional Council
  • Gympie Regional Council
  • North Burnett Regional Council
  • South Burnett Regional Council

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. 

Apply now

Applications close 3 February 2023. A new application must be completed for an initial and subsequent application. 

To email your application, please attach documents as a pdf, jpeg, png, doc or excel. Please do not send links.

Frequently asked questions

View all FAQs

Yes, however, you will need to provide satisfactory evidence of damage to your premises evidencing that you are unable to conduct your operations from that site and of costs associated with leasing or renting the temporary premises.

Loss of income is not eligible under the Special Disaster Assistance Recovery Grant scheme. If your business has not experienced direct damage, but has suffered a significant loss of income as a result of the disaster event you may be eligible to apply for a Disaster Assistance (Essential Working Capital) Loan.

  • Detail all the damage on the farm to demonstrate the need for assistance. This will also help with subsequent applications over and above the initial $10,000.
  • Photographs of the direct damage are required. Photographs taken using a smartphone can be suitable – if unclear provide details of what is in the photos.
  • For the initial amount of up to $10,000, you need to provide other evidence such as relevant quotes, estimates or tax invoices.
  • If claiming a subsequent grant, then evidence of payment must be supplied for both the initial and subsequent grant amounts.
  • Evidence of payment can be tax invoice(s) showing full details of the goods or services provided and evidence of payment for these tax invoices.

 

You are unable to claim the same direct damage expenses via both the Grant and Loan Schemes. However, if the total of your recovery expenditure has exceeded the amount of assistance available via these Schemes, then you can seek loan assistance for the expenses that were not covered by the schemes.

You are able to use relatives with their own contracting business to repair your damage as long as transactions are at arm’s length and conducted in the same way as with any other contractor. For example, an eligible and correct tax invoice for the work completed is provided from the contractor, and the contractor holds a current ABN.

Yes, you are entitled to a decision review. See reviewing a decision for more information. 

What assistance is available?

Grants of up to $50,000 are available for affected non-profit organisations following Ex-Tropical Cyclone Seth to hire or purchase equipment and materials, clean up, remove debris, repair or replace damaged infrastructure or goods and other costs associated with the recovery process. Organisations should take photographs of the direct damage to accompany their application/s.

Applicants need to show they are an eligible non-profit organisation, within the defined disaster area and demonstrate they have suffered direct impact from the disaster.

The maximum grant amount is $50,000 and can be accessed through the following:

  • Initial application/s up to the total amount of $10,000 is available to support an initial claim. Evidence of the direct damage such as photographs and quotations, tax invoices and official receipts is required.
  • Subsequent application/s up to the total amount of $40,000 is available to support subsequent claims for which full evidence of payment is required.

Complete applications are assessed in order of receipt and QRIDA may request further information to help assess an application.

How to apply

Providing you have the required documentation and meet eligibility, you can apply for the grant over a number of applications or two separate applications.

Example 1:

  • If you have quotes to the value of $10,000, then you can make an initial application for the full $10,000
  • If you only have quotes to the value of $9,000 and you’re expecting more quotes to come in later, you can submit an application for the first $9,000 and then submit a second application for the $1,000 when your next round of quotes come in
  • This initial amount is to support with cash flow back into the business with either deposits, small payments and more.

Example 2:

  • You have now spent the initial $10,000 on deposits and/or minor work and require additional funding to complete the work
  • Once you have applied for and received the initial $10,000, you will be required to complete an additional application which involves acquitting the funds (letting us know how you spent the initial $10,000) and provide evidence such as receipts or invoices and proof of the payment of these, to support this next request for funds
  • You can apply for subsequent amounts as many times as you need until you reach the total amount.

How can the assistance help you?

Eligible clean-up, reinstatement activities and emergency measures include:

  • Equipment and materials to undertake clean-up
  • Additional labour costs (above and beyond normal wage expenditure i.e. day-to-day staffing)
  • Disposing of damaged goods and stock, including associated costs
  • Repairs to buildings (other than housing)
  • Purchase or hire/ lease costs for equipment essential to the immediate resumption of the business
  • Payment for tradespeople to conduct safety inspections
  • Essential repairs to premises and internal fittings that is not covered by insurance
  • Replacement of lost or damaged stock if the replacement is essential for immediately resuming operations
  • Leasing temporary premises for the purpose of resuming operation

Defined disaster area

The Minister for Fire and Emergency Services has activated disaster assistance for Ex-Tropical Cyclone Seth, 2-10 January 2022

To be eligible for assistance your organisation must be located in one of the defined disaster areas:

  • Bundaberg Regional Council
  • Fraser Coast Regional Council
  • Gympie Regional Council
  • North Burnett Regional Council
  • South Burnett Regional Council

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. 

Apply now

Applications close 3 February 2023.  A new application must be completed for an initial and subsequent application. 

To email your application, please attach documents as a pdf, jpeg, png, doc or excel. Please do not send links.

 

Frequently asked questions

View all FAQs

  • Detail all the damage on the farm to demonstrate the need for assistance. This will also help with subsequent applications over and above the initial $10,000.
  • Photographs of the direct damage are required. Photographs taken using a smartphone can be suitable – if unclear provide details of what is in the photos.
  • For the initial amount of up to $10,000, you need to provide other evidence such as relevant quotes, estimates or tax invoices.
  • If claiming a subsequent grant, then evidence of payment must be supplied for both the initial and subsequent grant amounts.
  • Evidence of payment can be tax invoice(s) showing full details of the goods or services provided and evidence of payment for these tax invoices.

 

Loss of income is not eligible under the Extraordinary Disaster Assistance Recovery Grant scheme.

Yes, however, you will need to provide satisfactory evidence of damage to your premises evidencing that you are unable to conduct your operations from that site and of costs associated with leasing or renting the temporary premises.

You are unable to claim the same direct damage expenses via both the Grant and Loan Schemes. However, if the total of your recovery expenditure has exceeded the amount of assistance available via these Schemes, then you can seek loan assistance for the expenses that were not covered by the schemes.

Yes, if your insurance claim is being delayed, you can apply for a loan to reinstate your business before your claim is finalised. If any expenses included in your loan are later recovered from insurance, QRIDA will require these amounts be repaid to your loan.

You are able to use relatives with their own contracting business to repair your damage as long as transactions are at arm’s length and conducted in the same way as with any other contractor. For example, an eligible and correct tax invoice for the work completed is provided from the contractor, and the contractor holds a current ABN.

Yes, you are entitled to a decision review. See reviewing a decision for more information. 

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Last updated: 26 September 2022