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

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What assistance is available?

Grants of up to $75,000 are available for affected producers following South East Queensland Rainfall and Flooding, 22 February - 5 April 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.

Applicants need to show they are an eligible primary producer, within the declared disaster area and demonstrate they have suffered direct impact from the disaster. Read below and the guidelines for more information.

The maximum grant amount is $75,000 and can be accessed through the following:

  • Initial application/s up to the total amount of $15,000 is available to support an initial claim. Evidence of the direct damage is required such as photographs and quotations, tax invoices or official receipts.
  • Subsequent application/s up to the total amount of $60,000 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 $15,000, then you can make an initial application for the full $15,000
  • 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 $6,000 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 $15,000 on deposits and/or minor work and require additional funding to complete the work
  • Once you have applied for and received the initial $15,000, you will be required to complete an additional application which involves acquitting the funds (letting us know how you spent the initial $15,000) 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.

Am I eligible?

 To be eligible for an Extraordinary Disaster Assistance Recovery Grant, the applicant must:  

  1. Be a primary producer;
  2. Hold an Australian Business Number (ABN) and have held that ABN at the time of the eligible disaster;
  3. Have a primary production enterprise that is located in the defined area for the eligible disaster that has suffered direct damage as a result of the eligible disaster;
  4. Have been engaged in carrying on the primary production enterprise when affected by the eligible disaster;
  5. Be primarily responsible for meeting the costs claimed in the application;
  6. For costs relating to 3.1 g) (v), (vi) and (vii) provide satisfactory evidence of the loss of damage; and
  7. Intend to re-establish the primary production enterprise in the defined disaster area for the eligible disaster.

An applicant may also be eligible for an exceptional circumstances grant if both of the following apply:

  1. The applicant’s primary production enterprise is located outside the defined disaster area for the eligible disaster but is carried on at least sometime on a regular basis in the area.
  2. Plant or equipment of the primary production enterprise situated in the defined disaster area has been damaged as a result of the eligible disaster.

Take this example...

John runs a broad-spectrum crop growing business specialising in lucerne hay and turmeric near Gympie. John’s primary production enterprise suffered severe damage when South East Queensland flooded. He lost fencing across his property which was torn down, his fields were completely damaged due to water logging, and his electrical power connections were destroyed.

John took photos of the damage and has recently sought a few quotes of what everything will cost to be repaired. Many of these were in the form of casual emails sent to local irrigation experts and seed/grain suppliers who he has built strong relationships with over the years.

Hearing that QRIDA is administering grants of up to $75,000 to primary producers who were impacted by flooding and realising he’s in one of the declared disaster areas, John picks up the phone and chats to one of the QRIDA team about the application process and his eligibility. Because John has photos and quotes ready to go, he can now submit them along with the required documentation for the first stage of the grant, totalling up to $15,000.

John’s application for the $15,000 grant is approved and he uses the funds to kick-start his recovery journey. He then pays for the repair of the further damage upfront and does this before he claims the second part of the grant, totalling $60,000. John gets his repairs done, paying $47,000 out of his pocket. Keeping his invoices, John then submits a second application to QRIDA for the remaining portion of the grant so he can be reimbursed for the $47,000 he’s spent on his enterprise.

With the right documentation, the same assessor approves John’s second application for the Extraordinary Disaster Assistance Recovery Grant. If John has more invoices, he could submit a third application for the last $15,000 to round up to the total grant sum of $75,000.

Defined disaster area

The Minister for Fire and Emergency Services has activated disaster assistance for South East Queensland Rainfall and Flooding, 22 February - 5 April 2022.

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

  • Brisbane City Council
  • Bundaberg Regional Council
  • Cherbourg Aboriginal Shire Council
  • Fraser Coast Regional Council
  • Gold Coast City Council
  • Goondiwindi Shire Council
  • Gympie Regional Council
  • Ipswich City Council
  • Lockyer Valley Regional Council
  • Logan City Council
  • Moreton Bay Regional Council
  • Noosa Shire Council
  • North Burnett Regional Council
  • Redland City Council
  • Scenic Rim Regional Council
  • Somerset Regional Council
  • South Burnett Regional Council
  • Southern Downs Regional Council
  • Sunshine Coast Regional Council
  • Toowoomba Regional Council
  • Western Downs Regional Council.

What documents do I need to provide with my application?

If you have already applied for assistance from QRIDA please provide your QRIDA Client ID Number. Please do not mail original documents as we are unable to return them.

Financial statements and tax returns

Rates Notice / Lease Agreement

  • Your enterprise must be located within a defined disaster area. If you own the property, please attach a copy of your most recent Local Government rates notice for the property impacted by the disaster event.
  • If you lease the property, please attach a copy of your current lease agreement (lease agreement must confirm that you are responsible for meeting the costs being claimed).

Photographs of damage

  • 5 - 10 photographs evidencing direct damage.

Evidence of payment

  • For grant applications up to $15,000 (i.e. for immediate resumption of business directly following the disaster event):
    • Copies of tax invoices or quotes/estimates

OR

  • For grant applications over $15,000 or subsequent applications up to $60,000
    • Copies of tax invoices AND evidence that these invoices have been paid (e.g. bank statements, electronic bank transfer confirmations or official supplier receipts).

Details of insurance

If insured, full details and a copy of your insurance policy and/or claim must be provided. Please be aware QRIDA is unable to finalise your Disaster Assistance Grant application until the outcome of your insurance claim is determined and formal advice of the claim outcome is provided.  If you are eligible to claim under your insurance policy, you must do so, and have that claim finalised before lodging an application for grant assistance.

Apply now

Applications close 5 December 2022Apply online or via a fillable application form.

A new application must be completed for an initial and subsequent application. 

Frequently asked questions

What is the definition of a primary producer? 

Primary producer means:

a) a sole trader who -

     a. spends the majority of their labour on a primary production enterprise; and

     b. either –

                i. derives the majority of their income from the primary production enterprise; or

                ii. in the opinion of QRIDA, based on the demonstrated production potential of the
                    primary production enterprise, will eventually derive the majority of their incomes
                    from the primary production enterprise

b) in relation to a partnership, company or trust that carries on a primary production enterprise for which the partners, shareholders or beneficiaries –

     a. spend the majority of their labour on a primary production enterprise; and

     b. either –

                 i. derive the majority of their income from the primary production enterprise; or

                 ii. in the opinion of QRIDA, based on the demonstrated production potential of the
                     primary production enterprise, will eventually derive the majority of their incomes
                     from the primary production enterprise.

I’ve lost my topsoil following the recent rainfall and flooding, can this grant assist me?

The Extraordinary Disaster Assistance Recovery Grants may be able to assist primary producers in re-establishing topsoil. Please contact QRIDA to discuss your circumstances.

Can I use the assistance to claim wages and labour costs for the immediate clean-up and reinstatement phases?

Normal staffing costs are ineligible unless it can be demonstrated that additional costs are incurred for clean-up and reinstatement purposes.

  • Permanent employees (including permanent full-time and permanent part-time): only the cost of additional hours worked over and above their normal work hours for clean-up and reinstatement may be eligible.
  • Contractors, casual or temporary employees: only the cost of hours worked specifically for clean-up and reinstatement may be eligible.
  • Business owner: not eligible to claim a wage for clean-up and reinstatement.
  • Evidence required to substantiate a claim may include:
    • invoices from contractors and payroll summaries signed by the applicant verifying staff, wages cost and activity undertaken for clean-up and reinstatement.

​​​​​​​Can I apply more than once if I have multiple enterprises?

Applicants who operate more than one primary production enterprise, for example under a single ABN at separate locations, may apply for assistance for each eligible separate business up to the maximum amount of assistance available for the relevant defined disaster area and determined by the establishment notice.

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.

I’m a primary producer and small business, how often can I apply under this scheme?

Applicants are able to apply for assistance under the scheme in only one of the following capacities:

  1. Primary producer; or
  2. Small business owner; or
  3. Non-profit organisation.

Why do I need to provide evidence that I’m insured or wait for my insurance claim to be processed?

A certificate of insurance and details of the claim are required to apply for this grant given the grant cannot cover repairs that will be covered by insurance. However, insurance excesses and items that are not covered by insurance may be eligible. 

Can I apply for assistance if I have insurance to cover disaster damage?

You are not eligible for assistance if you are entitled to receive a payment under an insurance policy for costs directly associated with eligible activities. However, you may be eligible for a grant for costs that are not covered by insurance, or for amounts in excess of the value insured.

My primary production business has suffered a loss of trade as a result of the disaster. Can I apply for assistance to cover loss of income?

Loss of income is not eligible under the Extraordinary 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.

I was affected in more than one disaster. Can I apply for both Disaster grants?

You may be eligible to apply for more than one grant if you were directly affected by both events. Please contact QRIDA 1800 623 946 or email contact_us@qrida.qld.gov.au

I have a small primary production business which is currently not my main source of income and has suffered damage as a result of the disaster event. Am I eligible for assistance?

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 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.

Can I apply for assistance to repair or replace my house and/or household goods?

The Extraordinary Disaster Assistance Recovery Grant assistance does not cover repairing houses or repairing or replacing household goods.

However, you can apply for assistance to repair buildings that are used for staff accommodation. The repair of buildings must be essential for the immediate resumption of the primary production business. 

Can I claim costs for using my own farm machinery to undertake repair works?

Yes. You may claim operating costs for additional labour and for fuel and oil costs associated with repairing damage. However, funding may not be used to repair farm machinery damaged while undertaking repair works.

I'm a fisher based in a defined disaster area. Can I apply for the 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.

Am I eligible for assistance if I’ve used my own plant and equipment to repair damage?

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.

Is assistance available for the cost of replanting?

No, replanting is not an eligible use of Extraordinary Disaster Assistance Recovery Grant funding. 

A relative has their own contracting business. Can I use them to repair our damage?

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.

Can I seek clean-up and recovery costs for damage incurred on a property I am leasing?

Yes, as long as you can demonstrate that you as tenant (lessee) are primarily responsible for the cost of the eligible clean-up and repairs.

A lease is a legal contract that defines in broad terms the responsibilities for landlord (lessor) and tenant (lessee) in relation to repairs and maintenance. Often such leases are supplemented with other documents outlining insurances, improvements and operational matters.

QRIDA also recognise that the lessor and lessee may from time to time agree to reassign responsibility for activities within the context of their lease arrangement if both parties concur.

An applicant is required to provide a copy of their lease and any other documents to QRIDA to demonstrate that they are primarily responsible for the eligible costs being claimed.

QRIDA may also accept a co-signed statutory declaration if this assists the applicant in demonstrating they are responsible for costs being claimed or they are unable to immediately resume farming activities without meeting the cost of reinstatement of the damaged property themselves.

Such a co-signed statutory declaration for an applicant who is the lessee (tenant) should clearly state:

  1. That the lessor will not be meeting the costs of reinstatement of the damaged property for which the lessee (applicant) has made the grant application
  2. That the applicant (lessee) cannot immediately resume business activities without meeting the cost of reinstatement of the damaged property themselves
  3. The nature and extent of damage impacting on the immediate resumption of business activities
  4. Details of the reinstatement costs being claimed by the applicant which differ from the existing lease contract or other documents outlining the liabilities/responsibilities of each party and which have been agreed between the parties
  5. That these same costs are not covered by insurance or other government assistance.

Please note the statutory declaration does not guarantee approval of the application, but simply provides QRIDA with information clarifying liabilities and responsibilities in respect to a leased property, specifically relating to damage and costs, in order to undertake an assessment of a grant application.

Are nurseries regarded as primary producers and able to apply for disaster recovery assistance?

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.

Can I use the assistance to claim the wages or labour costs of the immediate clean-up and reinstatement phase?

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.

Can I request a review of the decision made on my application?

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

Get in touch

Have a question, need some help or would like more information? We're here to help you.

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. 

News, events and stories

What assistance is available?

Grants of up to $50,000 are available for affected small businesses following the South East Queensland Rainfall and Flooding, 22 February - 5 April 2022 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. Read this page and the guidelines for more information. 

If you are insured, full details and a copy of your insurance policy and/or claim must be provided. Please be aware that QRIDA may be unable to finalise your Disaster Assistance Grant application until the outcome of your insurance claim is determined and claim outcome is provided.

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

  • Initial application/s up to the total amount of $15,000 is available to support an initial claim. Evidence of the direct damage is required such as photographs and quotations, tax invoices or official receipts.
  • Subsequent application/s up to the total amount of $35,000 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 $15,000, then you can make an initial application for the full $15,000
  • 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 $6,000 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 $15,000 on deposits and/or minor work and require additional funding to complete the work
  • Once you have applied for and received the initial $15,000, you will be required to complete an additional application which involves acquitting the funds (letting us know how you spent the initial $15,000) 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 may 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.

Am I eligible?

To be eligible for an exceptional circumstances grant, you must:

  • be a small business owner
  • hold an Australian Business Number (ABN) and have held that ABN at the time of the eligible disaster
  • own a small business located in the defined disaster area for the eligible disaster that has suffered direct damage as a result of the eligible disaster
  • have been engaged in carrying on the small business when affected by the eligible disaster
  • be primarily responsible for meeting the costs claimed in the application and
  • intend to re-establish the small business in the defined disaster area for the eligible disaster.

An applicant may also be eligible for an exceptional circumstances grant if both of the following apply:

  • the small business is located outside the defined disaster area for the eligible disaster but is operated at least sometimes on a regular basis in the area; and
  • plant or equipment of the small business situated in the defined disaster area has been damaged as a result of the eligible disaster.

Take this example...

Jane owns a homewares store in Windsor, Brisbane. During the late February South East Queensland flooding event, her business suffered severe damage. Water flooded the entire business and she lost almost all her stock.

Jane is told that QRIDA is administering Extraordinary Disaster Assistance Recovery Grants of up to $50,000 to small businesses impacted by the floods, so she decides to see if she’s eligible. Having taken photos of the damage to her business and having already searched online to source quotes and estimates of what the damage will cost to fix, she sees she’s eligible to apply.

Jane puts in an application for the initial $15,000, submitting photos and quotes as evidence. After verifying her business and meeting eligibility criteria, Jane was delighted to realise that her application was approved and the grant landed in her bank account, only two days after being approved. Now, Jane can kick-start her recovery process and look to apply for the remaining $35,000 of the grant ensuring she has proof of payment to make her next claim.

What documents do I need to provide with my applications?

If you have already applied for assistance from QRIDA please provide your QRIDA Client ID Number. Please do not mail original documents as we are unable to return them.

Rates Notice / Lease Agreement

  • Your small business must be located within a defined disaster area. If you own the property, please attach a copy of your most recent Local Government rates notice for the property impacted by the disaster event.
  • If you lease the property, please attach a copy of your current lease agreement (lease agreement must confirm that you are responsible for meeting the costs being claimed).

Photographs of damage

  • 5 - 10 photographs evidencing direct damage

Evidence of payment

  • For grant applications up to $15,000 (i.e. for immediate resumption of business directly following the disaster event):
  • Copies of tax invoices or quotes/estimates
  • OR

For grant applications over $15,000 or subsequent applications up to $50,000:

  • Copies of tax invoices AND evidence that these invoices have been paid (e.g. bank statements, electronic bank transfer confirmations or official supplier receipts).

Details of insurance

If insured, full details and a copy of your insurance policy and/or claim must be provided. Please be aware QRIDA is unable to finalise your Disaster Assistance Grant application until the outcome of your insurance claim is determined and formal advice of the claim outcome is provided.  If you are eligible to claim under your insurance policy, you must do so, and have that claim finalised before lodging an application for grant assistance.

Defined disaster areas

The Minister for Fire and Emergency Services has activated disaster assistance for South East Queensland Rainfall and Flooding, 22 February - 5 April 2022.

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

  • Brisbane City Council
  • Fraser Coast Regional Council
  • Gladstone Regional Council
  • Gold Coast City Council
  • Goondiwindi Regional Council
  • Gympie Regional Council
  • Ipswich City Council
  • Lockyer Valley Regional Council
  • Logan City Council
  • Moreton Bay Regional Council
  • Noosa Shire Council
  • North Burnett Regional Council
  • Redland City Council
  • Scenic Rim Regional Council
  • Somerset Regional Council
  • South Burnett Regional Council
  • Southern Downs Regional Council
  • Sunshine Coast Regional Council
  • Toowoomba Regional Council
  • Western Downs Regional Council.

Apply now

Applications close 5 December 2022. Apply online or via a fillable application form.

A new application must be completed for an initial and subsequent application. 

Frequently asked questions

My small business has suffered a loss of trade as a result of the disaster. Can I apply for assistance to cover loss of income?

Loss of income is not eligible under the Extraordinary 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.

Can I apply for assistance if I have insurance to cover damage from the disaster?

You are not eligible for assistance if you are entitled to receive a payment under an insurance policy for costs directly associated with eligible activities. However, you may be eligible for a grant for costs that are not covered by insurance, or for amounts in excess of the value insured

Why do I need to provide evidence that I’m insured or wait for my insurance claim to be processed?

A certificate of insurance and details of the claim are required to apply for this grant given the grant cannot cover repairs that will be covered by insurance. However, insurance excesses and items that are not covered by insurance may be eligible. 

I’m a small business owner and primary producer, how often can I apply under this scheme?

 Applicants are able to apply for assistance under the scheme in only one of the following capacities:

  1. Primary producer; or
  2. Small business owner; or 
  3. Non-profit organisation.  

What is considered not eligible assistance under this scheme?

 An applicant is not eligible for assistance under the scheme:

  1. for repairs to a building the applicant lets to a person for residential or commercial purposes, unless the applicant lets the property in the course of operating a business (superannuation funds and personal investment vehicles are not regarded as businesses); or

  2. if the small business is entitled to receive an amount under a policy of insurance for the relevant costs claimed; or

  3. for loss of income as a result of the eligible disaster. 

 

My business was located within the Toombul Shopping Centre which is now permanently closed. I intend to re-establish my business elsewhere, what eligible activities could I apply for with this grant?

You may be able to apply for certain eligible clean-up, reinstatement or relocation costs for your business. Please contact QRIDA for further information and to discuss your individual circumstances.

To resume my disaster affected small business, I will need to operate from an alternate location. Can I claim for the lease or rent of temporary premises?

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.

Can I apply more than once if I have multiple businesses?

Applicants who operate more than one small business, for example under a single ABN at separate locations, may apply for assistance for each eligible separate business up to the maximum amount of assistance available for the relevant defined disaster area and determined by the establishment notice.

When determining an application on this basis QRIDA may consider (but is not limited to):

  1. the staffing arrangement of the separate business;
  2. whether the separate business has its own plant, equipment or stock;
  3. the accounting and insurance arrangements of the separate business;
  4. whether the separate business operates under its own trading name;
  5. the commercial viability and autonomy of each business.

A family member has their own contracting business.  Can I use them to repair our damage?

You are able to use relatives to repair your damage as long as transactions are retained at arm’s length and conducted in the same way as with any other contractor. Any contractors used must have an ABN and provide a tax invoice and official receipt for work completed. QRIDA may request additional information in these circumstances to confirm the validity of the claim.

Can I use the assistance to claim wages and labour costs for the immediate clean-up and reinstatement phases?

Normal staffing costs are ineligible unless it can be demonstrated that additional costs are incurred for clean-up and reinstatement purposes.

  • Permanent employees (including permanent full-time and permanent part-time): only the cost of additional hours worked over and above their normal work hours for clean-up and reinstatement may be eligible.
  • Contractors, casual or temporary employees: only the cost of hours worked specifically for clean-up and reinstatement may be eligible.
  • Business owner: not eligible to claim a wage for clean-up and reinstatement.
  • Evidence required to substantiate a claim may include:
    • invoices from contractors and payroll summaries signed by the applicant verifying staff, wages cost and activity undertaken for clean-up and reinstatement.

I was affected in more than one disaster. Can I apply for two disaster grants?

You may be eligible to apply for more than one grant if you were directly affected by both events.  Please contact QRIDA  1800 623 946 or email contact_us@qrida.qld.gov.au for further information.

Can I request a review of the decision made on my application?

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

Get in touch

Have a question, need some help or would like more information? We're here to help you.

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. 

News, events & stories

What assistance is available?

Grants of up to $50,000 are available for affected non-profit organisations following South East Queensland Rainfall and Flooding, 22 February - 5 April 2022 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 declared disaster area and demonstrate they have suffered direct impact from the disaster. Read below and the guidelines for more information.

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

  • Initial application/s up to the total amount of $15,000 is available to support an initial claim. Evidence of the direct damage is required such as photographs and quotations, tax invoices or official receipts.
  • Subsequent application/s up to the total amount of $35,000 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 $15,000, then you can make an initial application for the full $15,000
  • 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 $6,000 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 $15,000 on deposits and/or minor work and require additional funding to complete the work
  • Once you have applied for and received the initial $15,000, you will be required to complete an additional application which involves acquitting the funds (letting us know how you spent the initial $15,000) 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 may 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 are 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

Am I eligible?

To be eligible for an Extraordinary Disaster Assistance Recovery Grant, you as the applicant must:

  • be a non-profit organisation
  • have a non-profit organisation located in the defined area for the eligible disaster and have suffered direct damage as a result of the eligible disaster
  • have been engaged in carrying on the non-profit organisation when affected by the eligible disaster
  • be primarily responsible for meeting the costs claimed in the application
  • be unable to repair or replace assets directly damaged as a result of the eligible disaster from the applicant’s own resources without assistance under the scheme; and
  • intend to re-establish the organisation in the defined disaster area for the eligible disaster.

An applicant may also be eligible for an Extraordinary Disaster Assistance Recovery Grant if both of the following apply:

  • The non-profit organisation is located outside the defined disaster area for the eligible disaster but carried on at least sometimes on a regular basis in the area.
  • Plant or equipment of the non-profit organisation situated in the defined disaster area has been damaged as a result of the eligible disaster.

Defined disaster area

The Minister for Fire and Emergency Services has activated disaster assistance for South East Queensland Rainfall and Flooding, 22 February - 5 April 2022.

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

  • Balonne Shire Council
  • Brisbane City Council
  • Bundaberg Regional Council
  • Cherbourg Aboriginal Shire
  • Fraser Coast Regional Council
  • Gladstone Regional Council
  • Gold Coast City Council
  • Goondiwindi Regional Council
  • Gympie Regional Council
  • Ipswich City Council
  • Lockyer Valley Regional Council
  • Logan City Council
  • Moreton Bay Regional Council
  • Noosa Shire Council
  • North Burnett Regional Council
  • Redland City Council
  • Scenic Rim Regional Council
  • Somerset Regional Council
  • South Burnett Regional Council
  • Southern Downs Regional Council
  • Sunshine Coast Regional Council
  • Toowoomba Regional Council
  • Western Downs Regional Council.

What documents do I need to provide with my application?

If you have already applied for assistance from QRIDA please provide your QRIDA Client ID Number. Please do not mail original documents as we are unable to return them.

Rates Notice / Lease Agreement

  • Your small business must be located within a defined disaster area. If you own the property, please attach a copy of your most recent Local Government rates notice for the property impacted by the disaster event.
  • If you lease the property, please attach a copy of your current lease agreement (lease agreement must confirm that you are responsible for meeting the costs being claimed).

Photographs of damage

  • 5 - 10 photographs evidencing direct damage.

Evidence of payment

  • For grant applications up to $15,000 (i.e. for immediate resumption of business directly following the disaster event):
    • Copies of tax invoices or quotes/estimates

      OR
       

  • For grant applications over $15,000 or subsequent applications up to $50,000:
    • Copies of tax invoices AND evidence that these invoices have been paid (e.g. bank statements, electronic bank transfer confirmations or official supplier receipts).

Details of insurance

If insured, full details and a copy of your insurance policy and/or claim must be provided. Please be aware QRIDA is unable to finalise your Disaster Assistance Grant application until the outcome of your insurance claim is determined and formal advice of the claim outcome is provided.  If you are eligible to claim under your insurance policy, you must do so, and have that claim finalised before lodging an application for grant assistance.

Apply now

Applications close 5 December 2022Apply online or via a fillable application form.

A new application must be completed for an initial and subsequent application. 

Frequently asked questions

Our non-profit organisation has suffered a loss of trade as a result of the disaster. Can I apply for assistance to cover loss of income?

Loss of income is not eligible under the Extraordinary 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.

Can I apply more than once if I have multiple businesses?

Applicants who operate more than one non-profit organisation, for example at separate locations, may apply for assistance for each eligible separate operation up to the maximum amount of assistance available for the relevant defined disaster area and determined by the establishment notice. When determining an application on this basis QRIDA may consider (but is not limited to):

  • the staffing arrangements of the separate operation
  • the accounting and insurance arrangements of the separate operation
  • whether the separate operation operates under its own trading name
  • the financial independence and autonomy of the separate operation.

Why do I need to provide evidence that I’m insured or wait for my insurance claim to be processed?

A certificate of insurance and details of the claim are required to apply for this grant given the grant cannot cover repairs that will be covered by insurance. However, insurance excesses and items that are not covered by insurance may be eligible. 

Can I apply for assistance if I have insurance to cover damage from the disaster?

You are not eligible for assistance if you are entitled to receive a payment under an insurance policy for costs directly associated with eligible activities. However, you may be eligible for a grant for costs that are not covered by insurance, or for amounts in excess of the value insured

What is considered not eligible assistance under this scheme?

An applicant is not eligible for assistance under the scheme:

  1. If the Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements activated for the eligible disaster include a community recovery fund
  2. If the non-profit organisation has claimed or received a grant under the community recovery fund for the eligible disaster
  3. For an item for which a claim is made if the non-profit organisation has received or been approved to receive financial assistance other than partial assistance under another scheme, of the Commonwealth Government or another government
  4. For loss of income as a result of the eligible disaster; and
  5. If the non-profit organisation is entitled to receive an amount under a policy of insurance for the relevant costs claimed.

I’m a small business owner and non-profit, how often can I apply under this scheme?

Applicants are able to apply for assistance under the scheme in only one of the following capacities:

  1. Primary producer; or
  2. Small business owner; or
  3. Non-profit organisation.

To resume our disaster affected non-profit organisation, we will need to operate from an alternate location. Can we claim for the lease or rent of temporary premises?

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.

A family member has their own contracting business.  Can they repair our damage?

You are able to use relatives to repair your damage as long as transactions are retained at arm’s length and conducted in the same way as with any other contractor. Any contractors used must have an ABN and provide a tax invoice and official receipt for work completed. QRIDA may request additional information in these circumstances to confirm the validity of the claim.

I was affected in more than one disaster. Can I apply for two disaster grants?

You may be eligible to apply for more than one grant if you were directly affected by both events.  Please contact QRIDA  1800 623 946 or email contact_us@qrida.qld.gov.au for further information.

Can I request a review of the decision made on my application?

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

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. 

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