Frequently asked questions

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  • 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.

  • Following your initial application and rebate payment, you will need to submit subsequent applications for rebates at an interval of your choosing, either quarterly, half-yearly or yearly.

  • 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. Costs associated with these items are eligible for assistance to enable you to immediately resume your business. However, the ongoing purchase of fodder is generally not eligible. 

  • 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.

  • Yes. Eligible organisations seeking advice on behalf of land holders may be eligible for a rebate. Organisations seeking to apply on this basis must obtain the written consent of the land holder. 

  • Yes. You are required to start providing taxi services using your new wheelchair accessible taxi within three months after receiving a grant under the scheme. (A longer period may be approved by QRIDA if required).

    If you do not use the new wheelchair accessible taxi to provide a taxi service under the current licence for a period of at least three years, you will be required to repay assistance received on a pro-rata basis.

  • No, under this program, there will be no payments made from QRIDA to the approved advisers. The only funds approved advisers may receive under the Carbon Farming Advice Rebate Program is payment by land holders who engage their services. 

  • 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.

  • Yes. Individual applicants are eligible to apply for their share of costs associated with joint activities for eligible purposes. Full details and evidence of payment of these collaborative activities will need to be provided to QRIDA. 

  • Yes. The service is not restricted by the presence of existing facilities.

  • 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 their insurance, or for amounts in excess of the value insured.

    Emergency Bushfire Response Primary Industries Grants cannot be substituted for making a claim under an insurance policy.

    Irrespective of the insurance cover held or the status of an outstanding insurance claim, QRIDA still encourages you to make an application.

    QRIDA may be unable to finalise your Emergency Bushfire Response Primary Industries Grant application until the outcome of your insurance claim is determined. A copy of your insurance policy may also be requested.

  • The Extraordinary Disaster Assistance Recovery Grant and Special Disaster Assistance Recovery Grant 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. 


  • Yes, you may apply for conditional approval before purchasing or installing netting.

    In these circumstances you will be required to provide quotes to support your application.

  • 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.

  • No, reduced profit is not an eligible purpose under the Extraordinary Bushfire Assistance Loan. 

  • Yes, in limited circumstances funds can be used to refinance a commercial loan.

  • An applicant may only receive one rebate per entity (based on ABN) for advice under the program. 

  • 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.

  • No.

  • 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.

  • No, grant funding is only eligible for projects approved under the scheme. Approved projects must not have been started (or completed) at the time of applying.

  • Yes, however protective netting must have been purchased and installed after 16 December 2019 for apple and pear crops and 14 December 2021 for all other horticultural crops.

  • If you have already spent your own funds for eligible purposes under the scheme, these funds can comprise part or all of your matched co-contribution – you will just need to provide official tax invoices and receipts to confirm this spending.

    You will be reimbursed for 50 per cent of the funds already spent, up to the maximum grant amount of $400,000.

    You are not limited to only applying for the amount that you have already spent (unless it exceeds the maximum grant amount). If you have further sources of co-contribution you are able to apply for additional grant funds up to the maximum amount of $400,000.

Last updated: 24 August 2022