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 tenure under the Land Act 1994.

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:

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

If you can't lodge your application online, apply through the PDF applications and lodge by emailing or by posting it to Department of Resources, PO Box 5318, Townsville QLD 4810.

Contact us

If you have any questions about lodging your application, email:

How your application is assessed

We will assess your application against legislative requirements. 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 tenure holder 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.