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.