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Natural Disaster Assistance - Primary producer

Natural disasters often occur when we least expect them. Should you be affected by a natural disaster such as floods, cyclones, storms or bushfires, financial assistance may be available from QRAA.

What assistance is available?

A low interest loan up to $250,000 can assist you to re-establish your primary production enterprise by covering costs such as:

• repairing or replacing damaged plant and equipment
• repairing or replacing buildings
• purchasing livestock to replace those lost in the disaster event
• meeting carry-on requirements including:

- re-planting, restoring or re-establishing areas affected by the disaster event
- sustenance
- essential property operations
- paying rent and rates

Features

Loan amount
  • Low interest loan up to a maximum of $250,000 for any one eligible natural disaster.
Interest rate
  • A 1.92% interest rate applies to Natural Disaster Assistance (Category B loans) activated from 1 July 2014 to 30 June 2015.
  • Primary producers not in an activated local government area below who have been impacted by an isolated event in a non-declared area may apply for assistance. The interest rate in this instance would be QRAA’s current commercial lending rate, unless the applicant is considered to be in desperate circumstances. 
Maximum term
  • Up to 7 years
Repayments
  • If needed, up to 2 years interest only may be available
Security
  • Security to QRAA's satisfaction will be required for the loan - QRAA will discuss this with you

Fees

Establishment fees

Nil

Account maintenance fees

Nil

Early payout fees

Nil

Who is eligible to apply?

To be eligible for assistance, you must have received direct damage from an eligible natural disaster and your enterprise must be located in an activated local government area. 

Current disaster declarations

The Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Services announced on 23 February 2015 that concessional loans are now available for primary producers affected by Severe Tropical Cyclone Marcia and associated trough, impacting Capricorn and Southern East Coast between 19 - 22 February 2015.

To apply for assistance for direct damage caused by Severe Tropical Cyclone Marcia, you must be located in one of the following local government areas (current as at 27/02/2015):

Severe Tropical Cyclone Marcia and associated trough, 19 - 22 February 2015

Banana Shire Council
Livingstone Shire Council
North Burnett Regional Council
Rockhampton Regional Council
Gladstone Regional Council

The Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Services announced on 2 April 2015 that concessional loans are now available for primary producers affected by Tropical Cyclone Nathan and associated rainfall and flooding, between 11 - 21 March 2015.

To apply for assistance for direct damage caused by Tropical Cyclone Nathan, you must be located in one of the following local government areas (current as at 2/04/2015):

Tropical Cyclone Nathan and associated rainfall and flooding, 11 - 21 March 2015

Cook Shire Council
Hope Vale Aboriginal Shire Council

Individually Disaster Stricken Properties

If your enterprise has been affected by a natural disaster in an area which has not been activated you may be eligible to apply for assistance on an individually disaster stricken basis. To apply on this basis you should first apply for an IDSP Certificate through the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries. For further information please visit the DAF website or call 13 25 23.

Should you have any queries in relation to the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements please contact us on Freecall 1800 623 946 or contact your nearest Client Liaison Officer in one of our regional offices.

QRAA administers financial assistance to disaster affected primary producers, businesses and non-profit organisations under the joint Commonwealth / Queensland Government funded Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA).

 

Apply now

Application Form- All events

Guidelines(82KB)

Related information

Loan Review Form (170KB)

Consideration of Liquid Assets Factsheet (1,492KB)

Current natural disaster activations

Severe Tropical Cyclone Marcia and associated trough, 19 - 22 February 2015

Tropical Cyclone Nathan and associated rainfall and flooding, 11 - 21 March 2015 For all other events please visit theQueensland Government Disaster Managementwebsite.

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Assistance for natural disasters

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This is a joint Commonwealth/Queensland Government funded assistance scheme under the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA)

Last updated
3 November 2016