2021 Eastern Australia Storms and Floods – updates from the Australian Government

Recovery in action

$58 million for locally-led projects that support North Queensland’s recovery

The Australian Government has stood with and supported the communities of North Queensland in the immediate aftermath of the devastating flood event of early 2019, and as they continue to recover.

Supporting the implementation of ‘After the flood: A strategy for long term recovery’, the Australian Government has allocated $58 million for locally-led recovery and resilience projects. Both the strategy and the funding were announced in the 2020-21 Federal Budget.

The National Drought and Flood Agency is now leading the implementation of these measures in partnership with the Queensland Rural and Industry Development Authority (QRIDA) and the Queensland Reconstruction Authority (QRA). 

In line with our guiding principle ‘Locally led. Locally implemented. Locally understood’, we continue to work closely with the affected communities - including through the North East and North West Implementation Working Groups - to identify priority projects.

Eligible Local Government Areas

Grants are available for community groups, businesses and councils in the 14 hardest hit shires:

  • Burdekin
  • Burke
  • Carpentaria
  • Charters Towers
  • Cloncurry
  • Douglas
  • Etheridge
  • Flinders
  • Hinchinbrook
  • McKinlay
  • Richmond
  • Townsville
  • Winton
  • Whitsunday

Available grants

Five grants programs will support the regions’ ongoing recovery and long-term prosperity.

Resilient kids

$2 million for preventative mental health programs for school-aged children

  • Opened 10 December 2020.
  • Closed 1 March 2021.
  • One grant opportunity open to the Western Queensland and Northern Queensland Primary Health Networks to commission services.
  • This program is administered by the Queensland Rural and Industry Development Authority (QRIDA). Guidelines and further information are available here.

Recovery and resilience grants

$20 million over 4 years from 2020-21

Stream 1 – Local Government

Up to $857,000 for each of the 14 eligible LGAs (total $12 million)

  • Opened 16 December 2020.
  • Applications close 31 March 2021.
  • Councils will work with their communities to fund essential projects for their ongoing recovery from the flood event, and to better prepare them for future challenges.
  • This program is administered by the Queensland Reconstruction Authority (QRA).  Guidelines and further information are available here.  See Minister Littleproud's announcement here.

Stream 2 – Competitive grants

$8 million over 4 years from 2020-21

  • The first round is expected to open in March/April 2021.
  • Projects must align with the long-term strategy’s priorities and have a public benefit. The Implementation Working Groups will inform priority areas for future grant opportunities following consultation with their communities.
  • This program is administered by the Queensland Reconstruction Authority (QRA). Guidelines and further information will be available soon.

Economic diversification

$9 million over 3 years from 2020-21

  • Round 1 Expressions of Interest (EOI) opened 1 February 2021
  • EOIs close 19 March 2021
  • Successful submissions will be invited to lodge a full application
  • There are two streams – one for agriculture and one for non-agriculture – for projects that support emerging industries, expand small-scale industries or add value for existing industries and their supply chains to generate economic and employment opportunities.
  • This program is administered by the Queensland Rural and Industry Development Authority (QRIDA). Guidelines and further information are available here.

Telecommunications and energy improvement

  • Opened 8 February 2021
  • Applications close 30 April 2021
  • There are two streams – telecommunications and energy – for locally-led solutions that improve access to reliable and affordable telecommunications and energy services to support business and community growth.
  • This program is administered by the Queensland Rural and Industry Development Authority (QRIDA). Guidelines and further information are available here.

Managing disaster risk

$12 million over 3 years from 2020-21

  • Expressions of Interest (EOI) opened 10 March 2021. 
  • EOIs close 7 April 2021.
  • Successful submissions will be invited to lodge a full application. 
  • Competitive grants of up to $2 million for locally-led projects to help reduce, mitgate and manage the risks of disasters in the community. 
  • The funding is provided under the Queensland Resilience and Risk Reduction Fund.
  • The program is administered by the Queensland Reconstruction Authority (QRA).