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

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What assistance is available?

Grants of up to $75,000 are available for affected producers following Tropical Cyclone Niran and Associated Low Pressure System, 25 February – 3 March 2021 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. 

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. Please do not mail original documents as we are unable to return them.

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.

Defined disaster area

The Minister for Fire and Emergency Services has activated disaster assistance for Tropical Cyclone Niran and Associated Low Pressure System, 25 February - 3 March 2021. 

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

  • Cairns Regional Council
  • Cassowary Coast Regional Council
  • Hinchinbrook Regional Council
  • Mareeba Shire Council
  • Tablelands 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 June 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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Last updated
19 May 2022