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Low interest loans are available for primary producers, small business and non-profit organisations whose assets were significantly damaged as a direct result of the Queensland Bushfires, September - December 2019. 

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Key program information

    • Loan amount

      maximum of $500,000

    • Maximum term

      up to 10 years

    • Security

      mortgage of land and other assets satisfactory

    • Fees

      no fees or charges

    • Interest rate

      from third year is 0.82%

Primary producers whose assets have been significantly damaged as a direct result of the Queensland Bushfires September - December 2019 disaster events may be able to access low interest loans of up to $500,000. 

The Extraordinary Bushfire Assistance Loans are intended to help eligible primary producers pay for costs of repairing or replacing assets lost or damaged because of the disaster and to provide working capital to assist entities meet expenses. 

What assistance is available? 

These concessional loans are provided to assist you to re-establish the normal operations of your primary production enterprise by covering costs such as: 

  • repairing or replacing damaged plant and equipment 
  • repairing or replacing farm buildings 
  • purchasing livestock to replace those lost in the disaster event 
  • meeting carry-on requirements including: 
  • re-planting, restoring or re-establishing areas affected by the disaster event 
  • paying salaries or wages 
  • paying rent and rates 
  • essential property operations. 

Defined disaster areas

 Extraordinary Bushfire Assistance Loans for primary producers have been activated for the following local government areas: 

  • Bundaberg Regional Council 
  • Gladstone Regional Council 
  • Gympie Regional Council 
  • Ipswich City Council 
  • Livingstone Shire Council 
  • Lockyer Valley Regional Council 
  • Mareeba Shire Council 
  • Noosa Shire Council 
  • Scenic Rim Regional Council 
  • Somerset Regional Council 
  • Southern Downs Regional Council 
  • Sunshine Coast Regional Council 
  • Toowoomba Regional Council

Individually Disaster Stricken Properties 

Primary producers significantly affected during a disaster, but not located in a defined disaster area may be eligible to apply for assistance as an individually disaster-stricken enterprise.  In this circumstance, the current commercial lending rate applies unless the concessional interest rate is granted by QRIDA. 

To apply on this basis you should first apply for an Individual Disaster Stricken Property (IDSP) Certificate through the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries. For further information please visit the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries website or call 13 25 23. 

Should you have any queries in relation to the Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements 2018 contact us on Freecall 1800 623 946 or contact your nearest Regional Area Manager 

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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Small business whose assets have been significantly damaged as a direct result of the Queensland Bushfires September - December 2019 disaster events may be able to access low interest loans of up to $500,000. 

The Extraordinary Bushfire Assistance Loans are intended to help eligible small businesses pay for costs of repairing or replacing assets lost or damaged because of the disaster and to provide working capital to assist entities meet expenses. 

What assistance is available? 

These concessional loans are provided to assist you to re-establish the normal operations of your small business by covering costs such as: 

  • repairing or replacing damaged plant, equipment or buildings
  • meeting carry-on requirements including: 
    • paying salaries or wages
    • paying creditors
    • paying rent and rates
    • buying goods, including fuel, for the purpose of carrying on the small business activities.

Defined disaster area 

Extraordinary Bushfire Assistance Loans for small businesses have been activated for the following local government areas: 

  • Bundaberg Regional Council 
  • Gladstone Regional Council 
  • Livingstone Shire Council 
  • Noosa Shire Council 
  • Scenic Rim Regional Council 
  • Somerset Regional Council 
  • Southern Downs Regional Council 
  • Sunshine Coast Regional Council 
  • Toowoomba 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.

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Non-profit organisations whose assets have been significantly damaged as a direct result of by the Queensland Bushfires, September - December 2019 disaster event may be able to access low interest loans of up to $500,000. 

The Extraordinary Bushfire Assistance Loans are intended to help eligible non-profit organisations pay for costs of repairing or replacing assets lost or damaged because of the disaster and to provide working capital to assist entities meet expenses. 

What assistance is available?

 These concessional loans are provided to assist re-establish the normal operations of a non-profit organisations by covering costs such as: 

  • repairing or replacing damaged plant, equipment or buildings
  • meeting carry-on requirements including: 
    • paying salaries or wages
    • paying creditors
    • paying rent and rates
    • buying goods, including fuel, for the purpose of carrying on the non-profit organisation activities.

Defined disaster areas 

Extraordinary Bushfire Assistance Loans for non-profit organisations have been activated for the following local government areas: 

  • Scenic Rim Regional Council 
  • Southern 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.

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

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