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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.

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 Regulation 2020:

In accordance with section 56 of the Land Regulation 2020, the following area 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)
    • all tenures defined under section 25 of the Land Regulation 2020 (being rental category 12.1 and rental category 12.2 residential tenures)
    • all tenures defined under section 26 of the Land Regulation 2020 (being rental category 13 business and government core business tenures)
    • all tenures defined under section 27 & 28 of the Land Regulation 2020 (being rental category 14.1 and 14.2 charitable/recreation not for profit tenures)
    • all tenures defined under section 30 of the Land Regulation 2020 (being rental category 16 divestment tenures)
  • except for those tenures
    • held by a federal, state or local government entity, a statutory authority or a government-owned corporation
  • in local government area
    • Brisbane, Fraser Coast, Gold Coast, Goondiwindi, Gladstone, Gympie, Ipswich, Lockyer Valley, Logan City, Moreton Bay, Noosa, North Burnett, Redland City, Scenic Rim, Somerset, South Burnett, Southern Downs, Sunshine Coast and Toowoomba.

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 5 March 2022 to 1 December 2022 and must be paid from 1 December 2022.

In accordance with section 59 of the Land Regulation 2020, penalty interest does not accrue on the deferred rent until the day after 1 December 2022.

This hardship deferral declaration takes effect from 5 March 2022 and continues to take effect until it expires.

The Honourable Scott Stewart MP
Minister for Resources

Date: 16 March 2022

In accordance with section 56 of the Land Regulation 2020, the following area 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
    • Banana
    • Barcaldine
    • Barcoo
    • Blackall/Tambo
    • Boulia
    • Bulloo
    • Central Highlands
    • Diamantina
    • Gladstone
    • Isaac
    • Livingstone
    • Longreach
    • McKinlay
    • Paroo
    • Richmond
    • Rockhampton
    • Whitsunday
    • Winton
    • Woorabinda
  • individually drought declared properties by Title Reference
    • 17664093
    • 17664111
    • 17669225
    • 17666032
    • 17662119
    • 17655237
    • 17656002
    • 17655217
    • 17658070
    • 17662188
    • 40024493
    • 40045124
    • 17669224
    • 40062347
    • 17664091
    • 17728157
    • 17668030
    • 17668009
    • 17651227
    • 17647136
    • 17668071
    • 17669194
    • 40045872
    • 40059563
    • 40028059
    • 17669194
    • 17583170
    • 17647193
    • 17668085
    • 17666017
    • 17664108
    • 17669160
    • 17668077
    • 40022268.

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 2022 to 30 June 2023 and must be paid from 1 July 2023.

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 2023.

This hardship deferral declaration takes effect from 1 July 2022 and continues to take effect until it expires.

The Honourable Scott Stewart MP
Minister for Resources

Date: 8 June 2022

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)
    • all tenures defined under section 25 of the Land Regulation 2020 (being rental category 12.1 and rental category 12.2 residential tenures) - Western Downs Regional Council only
    • all tenures defined under section 26 of the Land Regulation 2020 (being rental category 13 business and government core business tenures)
    • all tenures defined under section 27 & 28 of the Land Regulation 2020 (being rental category 14.1 & 14.2 charitable/recreation not for profit tenures)
    • all tenures defined under section 30 of the Land Regulation 2020 (being rental category 16 divestment tenures)
  • except for those tenures
    • held by a federal, state or local government entity, statutory authority or a government-owned corporation.
  • in the local government areas
    • Balonne and Western Downs.

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 2022 to 1 December 2022 and must be paid on 1 December 2022.

In accordance with section 59 of the Land Regulation 2020, penalty interest does not accrue on the deferred rent until the day after 1 December 2022.

This hardship deferral declaration takes effect from 1 July 2022 and continues to take effect until it expires.

The Honourable Scott Stewart MP
Minister for Resources

Date: 15 August 2022