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Hardship assistance declarations and notices

As the result of a natural disaster or adverse economic conditions, an area – often a local government area or sometimes an area held under a particular tenure – can be declared a hardship area under the Land Regulation 2020.

Under the Land (Covid-19 Emergency Response – Waiver and Deferral of Rents and Instalments) Regulation 2020, rent can be waived or deferred.

A waiver or deferral of land rent or instalments then applies for a specific period of time.

Current declarations or notices

Current notices under the Land (Covid-19 Emergency Response – Waiver and Deferral of Rents and Instalments) Regulation 2020:

In accordance with section 10 of the Land (COVID-19 Emergency Response – Waiver and Deferral of Rents and Instalments) Regulation 2020, the payment of rent for the following tenures is deferred for the deferral period.

Tenures

This notice applies to leases, licences or permits for tourism purposes except for those leases, licences or permits:

  • that are undeveloped and/or not operational as at the date of this notice
  • held by a federal, state or local government entity, a statutory authority or a government-owned corporation.

Rental category

This notice applies to the aforementioned tenures, which are in rental category 13.

Amount of rent deferred

All of the rent due and payable for the deferral period is deferred.

Deferral period

The deferral period is from 1 July 2021 to 30 June 2022.

The Honourable Scott Stewart MP
Minister for Resources

Date: 10 August 2021

Current notices under the Land Regulation 2020:

In accordance with section 56 of the Land Regulation 2020, the following areas or affected tenures in that area which have been severely affected by a natural disaster or adverse economic conditions, are declared as a hardship area:

  • the affected tenures:
    • All tenures defined under section 24 of the Land Regulation 2020 (being rental category 11.1 and rental category 11.2 primary production tenures)
  • in local government areas:
    • Cairns Regional Council
    • Cassowary Coast Regional Council
    • Hinchinbrook Shire Council
    • Mareeba Shire Council
    • Tablelands Regional Council

The payment of all rent that, but for this declaration, would have been payable by the holder of each affected tenure, is deferred.

The payment of the rent is deferred from 1 March 2021 to 1 September 2021 and must be paid from 1 September 2021.

In accordance with section 59 of the Land Regulation 2020, penalty interest does not accrue on the deferred rent until the day after the 1 September 2021.

This hardship deferral declaration takes effect from 1 March 2021 and continues to take effect until it expires or is amended.

The Honourable Scott Stewart MP
Minister for Resources

Date: 31 March 2021

In accordance with section 56 of the Land Regulation 2020, the following areas or affected tenures in that area which have been severely affected by a natural disaster or adverse economic conditions, are declared as a hardship area:

  • the affected tenures:
    • All tenures defined under section 24 of the Land Regulation 2020 (being rental category 11.1 and rental category 11.2 primary production tenures)
    • in local government areas:
      • Balonne
      • Banana
      • Barcaldine
      • Barcoo
      • Blackall/Tambo
      • Boulia
      • Bulloo
      • Bundaberg
      • Central Highland
      • Cherbourg
      • Diamantina
      • Flinders
      • Fraser Coast
      • Gladstone
      • Gympie
      • Ipswich
      • Isaac
      • Livingstone
      • Longreach
      • Lockyer Valley
      • Maranoa
      • McKinlay
      • Moreton Bay
      • Murweh
      • Noosa
      • North Burnett
      • Paroo
      • Quilpie
      • Richmond
      • Rockhampton
      • Scenic Rim
      • Somerset
      • South Burnett
      • Southern Downs
      • Sunshine Coast
      • Toowoomba
      • Western Downs
      • Whitsunday
      • Winton
      • Woorabinda
    • Individually drought declared properties by Title Reference:
      • 17668071
      • 17669194
      • 40059563
      • 40028059
      • 17664114
      • 17583170
      • 17666017
      • 17666032
      • 17662119
      • 17669224
      • 17655217
      • 17658070
      • 17664108
      • 40067955
      • 40062347
      • 17651227
      • 40054446
      • 17647136
      • 17647193
      • 17664091
      • 17668030
      • 17664094
      • 17664111
      • 40032225
      • 17669225
      • 40063979
      • 17662188
      • 40076768

    The payment of all rent that, but for this declaration, would have been payable by the holder of each affected tenure, is deferred.

    The payment of the rent is deferred from 1 July 2021 to 30 June 2022 and must be paid from 1 July 2022.

    In accordance with section 59 of the Land Regulation 2020, penalty interest does not accrue on the deferred rent until the day after 30 June 2022.

    This hardship deferral declaration takes effect from 1 July 2021 and continues to take effect until it expires or is amended.

    The Honourable Scott Stewart MP
    Minister for Resources

    Date: 9 June 2021

In accordance with section 56 of the Land Regulation 2020, the following areas or affected tenures in that area which have been severely affected by a natural disaster or adverse economic conditions, are declared as a hardship area:

  • the affected tenures:
    • All tenures defined under section 24 of the Land Regulation 2020 (being rental category 11.1 and rental category 11.2 primary production tenures)
  • in the local government area:
    • Goondiwindi Regional Council

The payment of all rent that, but for this declaration, would have been payable by the holder of each affected tenure, is deferred.

The payment of the rent is deferred from 1 May 2021 to 30 November 2021 and must be paid from 1 December 2021.

In accordance with section 59 of the Land Regulation 2020, penalty interest does not accrue on the deferred rent until the day after the 1 December 2021.

This hardship deferral declaration takes effect from 1 May 2021 and continues to take effect until it expires or is amended.

The Honourable Scott Stewart MP
Minister for Resources
Date: 22/6/2021