About

Country towns and communities are the heart of this nation –a healthy, viable farming industry benefits all Australians.

Led by Coordinator-General the Hon Shane L Stone AC QC, the National Drought and North Queensland Flood Response and Recovery Agency works hand-in-hand with communities, all levels of government, charities and agricultural organisations to support farmers and other rural and regional Australians living through the immediate and longer-term effects of drought and flood.

Our aim is to ensure people and communities are given the support they need to be better prepared for droughts and floods, now and into the future.

Many of our staff are from the regions and are a part of the communities we’re here to assist.

We have Regional Recovery Officers placed right across Australia. Their job is to make sure people know what support is available to them, and how they can access it.

We work closely with the Rural Financial Counselling Service, Regional Investment Corporation, Services Australia, and the charities the Australian Government partners with to provide emergency relief to farming households through the Drought Community Support Initiative and Drought Community Outreach Program.

The Australian Government supports rural and regional communities for drought response, recovery and preparedness. More than $8 billion has been committed to 26 separate measures.

Support for communities recovering from the 2019 North Queensland floods continues, with more than $3.3 billion in assistance available, including grants for primary producers and small businesses to get back to business sooner, and low interest loans.

The National Drought and North Queensland Flood Response and Recovery Agency was announced by Prime Minister Scott Morrison on 5 December 2019 in response to severe drought conditions impacting farmers and rural communities across Australia. It was previously known as the North Queensland Livestock Industry Recovery Agency (NQLIRA).