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The Queensland Rural and Industry Development Authority (QRIDA) is a specialist provider of government financial assistance and advisory support to rural and regional Queensland.

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Helping Queenslanders

For over 25 years, QRIDA has helped primary producers make a start in agriculture, improve long term sustainability and profitability, and overcome difficult conditions including recovering from natural disasters.

As the Queensland Government’s experts in rural finance, we also administer the state government’s Farm Business Debt Mediation program, Farm Debt Restructure Office, conduct a biennial Rural Debt Survey, undertake research and provide advice to the Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries and Minister for Rural Communities.

Service commitment 

At QRIDA, we are committed to delivering high quality service to our customers. To ensure our service levels are maintained and improved, we constantly strive to strengthen our relationships with customers and clients, industry associations, employees and the community. 

Our history 

QRIDA has come a long way since our early beginnings in 1986, when we were known as the Government Schemes Division, part of the Queensland Industry Development Corporation (QIDC). 

On 1 October 1994, the division completely separated from QIDC and under the Rural and Regional Adjustment Act 1994 (Qld) became the Queensland Rural Adjustment Authority (QRAA), reporting to the state government. 

QRAA’s core responsibilities were to administer the Queensland Government's Primary Industry Productivity Enhancement Scheme (PIPES) and support the delivery of Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangement (NDRRA) assistance for primary producers, small businesses and non-profit organisations (jointly funded by the Queensland and Australian Governments). Other financial assistance programs were also administered as required. 

In July 2017, as a result of the Farm Business Debt Mediation Act 2017 (Qld), QRAA changed its name to the Queensland Rural and Industry Development Authority (QRIDA) to reflect the organisation’s increased role and responsibilities, doing even more for rural and regional Queensland including: 

  • overseeing Queensland’s Farm Business Debt Mediation program 
  • administering Queensland’s Farm Debt Restructure Office 
  • designing and delivering a broad range of state and commonwealth approved schemes of support for rural and regional Queensland 
  • undertaking research and providing advice to government.

Farm Debt Services

Learn about QRIDA's Farm Debt Services which provides primary producers experiencing financial difficulty access to support programs designed to help them assess their current situation and find a possible solution for the future of their primary production enterprise.

We're doing more for regional Queensland

See some of our most recent milestones as of July 2020

  • $4.44 billion

    Approved financial assistance

  • $1.14 billion

    First Start and Sustainability Loans approved

  • $904 million+

    Provided in disaster recovery funds

  • 148,343+

    Number of QRIDA clients

  • 118+

    Loan, grant and rebate programs delivered

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