The Australian Government has announced that Queensland will have an additional $20 million in 2013-14 to provide Concessional Loans to eligible Queensland farm businesses for debt restructuring. This brings the total available for 2013-14 to $50 million. The second application period for 2013-14 opened to applications on 6 January 2014.
The Queensland Government has introduced a bovine Johne’s disease assistance scheme, available from 31 May 2013, to support producers directly affected by the recent BJD response.
The Queensland Government has implemented a personal protective equipment (PPE) rebate scheme to assist private veterinary practices in offsetting the cost of eligible PPE for use by veterinary surgeons in the testing of suspect Hendra virus cases.
Natural Disaster Assistance has been activated for selected Local Government Areas in Queensland. Primary producers and small businesses affected by natural disasters, may be eligible for concessional loans of up to $250,000 for recovery efforts.