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

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What assistance is available?

Grants of up to $50,000 are available for affected producers following Central Southern Western Qld Rainfall and Flooding 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 declared 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.

    If you have quotes to the value of $10,000, then you can make an initial application for the full $10,000.

    Example 1:

    • 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 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 Central, Southern and Western Queensland Rainfall and Flooding, 10 November – 3 December 2021 

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

    • Banana Shire Council
    • Balonne Shire Council
    • Bundaberg Regional Council
    • Goondiwindi Regional Council
    • Lockyer Valley Regional Council
    • Scenic Rim Regional Council
    • Somerset Regional Council
    • South Burnett Regional Council
    • Southern Downs Regional Council
    • Toowoomba Regional Council
    • Western Downs 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 30 September 2022. Apply online or via a fillable application form.

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

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    What assistance is available?

    Grants of up to $25,000 are available for affected Small Businesses following Central Southern Western Qld Rainfall and Flooding to hire or purchase equipment and materials, clean up, remove debris, replace fencing 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 declared disaster area and demonstrate they have suffered direct impact from the disaster.

    The maximum grant amount is $25,000 and can be accessed through the following:

    • Initial application/s up to the total amount of $5,000 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 20,000 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 $5,000, then you can make an initial application for the full $5,000
      • If you only have quotes to the value of $3,000 and you’re expecting more quotes to come in later, you can submit an application for the first $3,000 and then submit a second application for the $2,000 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 $5,000 on deposits and/or minor work and require additional funding to complete the work
      • Once you have applied for and received the initial $5,000, you will be required to complete an additional application which involves acquitting the funds (letting us know how you spent the initial $5,000) 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 Central, Southern and Western Queensland Rainfall and Flooding, 10 November – 3 December 2021.

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

      • Goondiwindi 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 30 September 2022.

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

      Get in touch

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

      Frequently asked questions

      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.

       

      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 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.

       

      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.

       

      What supporting information do I need to provide with my application?

      • Detail all the damage on the premises 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, 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.

       

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

      The Special 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. 

       

      What assistance is available?

      Special Disaster Assistance Recovery Grants up to a maximum of $50,000 are available to assist eligible primary producers as follows:

      • Initial amount of up to $10,000 - to assist with cleaning and reinstatement costs immediately following the disaster event, supported by evidence such as photographs, quotations, tax invoices and official receipts.
      • Subsequent amount of up to $40,000 – to assist with additional cleaning and reinstatement costs. Applications 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.

       

      Can I claim the same direct damage expenses across more than one disaster grant or loan application?

      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.

       

       

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      Last updated
      23 May 2022