Deferring your rent or instalment
If you are suffering hardship, you may be eligible for a deferral in rent or instalment.
To be eligible, you must hold a term, perpetual or freeholding lease, a road licence or an occupation licence. You are not eligible if you hold a permit to occupy.
You can apply at any time if you are suffering from the effects of drought, flood, fire, disaster, economic recession or a severe downturn in the markets related to the purpose of the lease.
How to apply
Your application should include:
- LA00—Application form part A (PDF, 92.1KB)
- LA24—Application for deferral of rent or instalment (PDF, 167.3KB)
- Application fee: no fee
- Any additional attachments, as requested
To help assess your application, we may ask you to provide returns and financial statements, or if applicable, evidence that you are receiving financial assistance under a state or Commonwealth scheme relating to the hardship. All information you provide will be strictly confidential.
To avoid processing delays, read the forms carefully and include all required information.
Lodging your application
You can lodge your state land application in person at your nearest business centre, by emailing to SLAMlodgement@dnrme.qld.gov.au or by posting it to Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy, PO Box 5318, Townsville QLD 4810.
If you have any questions about lodging your application, email:
- SLAMlodgement@dnrme.qld.gov.au or call (07) 4447 9179.
You can contact your nearest business centre to arrange a pre-lodgement meeting.
How your application is assessed
We will assess your application against legislative requirements and our own policies, procedures and guidelines. We will seek the views of other stakeholders (e.g. state, regional and local agencies) and inspect the land if required.
Policies and legislation
What happens next?
Once we have investigated the application, we will send you a written notice. If your application is approved, the notice will state the time for which the deferral applies and the terms of repayment.
While the deferred rent must still be paid after the deferral period ends, no penalty interest is payable by the lessee on the deferred rent for that period. All approved deferrals will be reviewed to ensure the circumstances are still current.
Note: If a lease or licence is transferred, the deferral of rent or instalments stops from the day of the transfer settlement and all outstanding monies must be paid.