Financial assistance

Drought Relief Assistance Scheme

Providing freight subsidies for the transport of fodder, water and livestock and on-farm Emergency Water Infrastructure Rebate (EWIR).

Sustainability loans

For infrastructure investment to improve the sustainability of a primary production enterprise including drought related investments such as water efficiency, exclusion fencing or fodder storages.

Restructuring farm debt

free advisory service to access independent financial experts to analyse your farm business and provide you with restructuring options for your farm debt.

Transport-related drought assistance measures

Drought assistance measures include:

  • permits for increasing the maximum hay loading height
  • concessions on shifting droughted livestock
  • waivers and greater flexibility on certain vehicle registration conditions and fees and charges
  • increased school transport allowances for some families that drive their children to school or connect with a school bus run

Land and water drought support

For advice and assistance on a range of issues impacting Queenslanders in drought declared areas. Visit this page for information on land and water initiatives available.

Water licence waivers

Annual water licence fees are being waived for Queensland producers whose properties are in drought-declared areas or have an individually droughted property (IDP). All new water licence application fees for the take of stock and domestic water will be waived.

Drought assistance land rent deferral

Rents for primary production leases, licences and permits not on minimum rent in declared local government areas and individually declared properties will be deferred. This process defers a full years rent for these affected properties. If drought is declared for multiple years, the deferral of rent is automatically extended.

Drought assistance land rent rebate

For the 2019/20 financial year, a rental rebate of 15% of the annual rate currently applies to those affected landholders that are paying annual rent more than the minimum rent.

Drought Relief from Electricity Charges Scheme

Farmers and irrigators in drought-declared areas can reduce their electricity bill by having their supply charges waived, and defer the payment of electricity bills.

Rural Financial Counselling Service (RFCS)

Rural financial counsellors can help primary producers and regional small businesses to understand their financial position and the viability of their enterprise. They can help develop and implement plans to improve the financial situation of the enterprise.

Australian Government assistance

Access help for farm families, farm businesses, small businesses and rural communities to prepare for, manage through and recover from drought. These include the Farm Household Allowance, taxation assistance and concessional loans. Further information on the range of Australian Government assistance can be found on the FarmHub website.

Community Drought Support Grants

In 2019/20, a total of $5 million (excluding GST) has been made available through the Community Drought Support grants. Community groups, not-for-profit organisations, local councils, neighbourhood centres, emergency relief providers, and school P&Cs are the types of organisations that are encouraged to apply. Applications close 5PM Friday 13 December 2019.