The information below is for North Queensland communities recovering from the flood event of early 2019.
For information on support and services for people living with drought, visit Farmhub
Special Disaster Assistance Recovery Grants
Grants of up to $75,000 are available to assist eligible primary producers with activities including removing debris, disposing of dead livestock, salvaging crops, grain and feed, and repairing plant and equipment. For more information call 1800 623 946 or visit the QRIDA website. These grants are now available for the Charters Towers, Etheridge and Whitsunday Regional shires. Apply by 28 February 2020.
North Queensland Restocking, Replanting & On-farm Infrastructure Grants
Eligible primary producers can apply for up to $400,000 in seed funding to assist with restocking, replanting and replacement of on-farm infrastructure damaged by flooding. The grant must be matched with a 50 per cent co-contribution. These grants are now available for the Charters Towers and Etheridge Shires. For more information call 1800 623 946 or visit the QRIDA website.
Flood Freight Subsidy and Agistent Scheme
To accelerate restocking in the flood-impacted area and increase opportunities for short-term income, primary producers can receive 50 per cent restocking freight subsidies of up to $50,000 per year for two years. For more information call 13 25 23 or visit the DAF website.
Carcass Disposal Assistance Grant
Flood-affected primary producers can access a one-time payment of $5,000 to assist with the disposal of livestock carcasses. For more information and to apply contact your local council.
Low interest loans
AgRebuild Loans of up to $5 million can be used to replace livestock, replant crops or refinance existing debt at a lower rate. The loan term is 10 years, and the first 2 years are interest free. For more information call 1800 875 675 or visit the Regional Investment Corporation website.
Disaster Assistance Loans of up to $250,000 can assist with re-establishing normal operations by covering expenses such as building repairs, purchasing stock or meeting carry-on requirements. These loans have a maximum term of up to 10 years and an initial annual interest rate of 1.37%. For more information call 1800 623 946 or visit the QRIDA website.
Disaster Assistance (Essential Working Capital) Loans of up to $100,000 can assist with essential working capital expenses such as paying salaries or wages, rent or buying goods. These loans have a maximum term of up to 10 years and an initial interest rate of 1.37%. For more information call 1800 623 946 or visit the QRIDA website.
Exceptional Disaster Assistance Loans of up to $1 million are available to primary producers and business owners whose assets have sustained exceptional damage. The loan can be used to repair or replace damaged equipment and infrastructure, restock and sustain livestock, and meet carry-on requirements. These loans have a maximum term of up to 10 years, and the first 2 years are interest free. The initial annual interest rate applying from the third year is 1.37%. For more information call 1800 623 946 or visit the QRIDA website.
Rural Financial Counselling Service
The free Rural Financial Counselling Service can help primary producers assess their options for recovery, outline the options available for support, and help people apply for grants and other assistance. For more information, visit the North Queensland Rural Financial Counselling Service website or phone (07) 4845 4848.
Special Disaster Assistance Recovery Grants
Grants of up to $50,000 for eligible small businesses for clean-up and reinstatement activities including removing debris, repairing buildings, paying additional wages to staff to assist with clean-up work, and leasing equipment or materials to get back to business. For more information call 1800 623 946 or visit the QRIDA website. These grants are now available for the Charters Towers and Etheridge Shires. Apply by 28 February 2020.
Disaster Assistance Loans
Small businesses whose assets have been significantly damaged can apply for Disaster Assistance Loans of up to $250,000 to re-establish normal operations by covering costs such as repairing buildings and meeting carry-on requirements. These loans are also available to not-for-profit organisations, up to a value of $100,000. For more information call 1800 623 946 or visit the QRIDA website.
Disaster Assistance Loans (Essential Working Capital) Loans of up to $100,000 are available to small businesses and not-for-profit organisations who have suffered a significant loss of income as a result of flooding. These loans assist with essential working capital expenses such as paying salaries or wages, rent or buying goods. They have a maximum term of up to 10 years and an initial interest rate of 1.37%. For more information call 1800 623 946 or visit the QRIDA website.
Small Business Advisory Service
The Australian Small Business Advisory Service - Digital Solutions (ASBAS-DS) delivers low cost, high quality digital advisory services to metropolitan and regional areas. These services can be provided through one on one consultations, group workshops, remotely online or via telephone. The remote service offer ensures that if a business consultant is not physically available in a location, small businesses can still receive support.
New Business Assistance
The New Enterprise Incentive Scheme (NEIS) is a program that helps people to start their own small business and includes training and mentoring.
Entrepreneurship Facilitators provide practical assistance to support and encourage individuals to start a business as a way to create their own job. Entrepreneurship Facilitators deliver services in 23 locations across Australia, with a focus on encouraging entrepreneurship among mature age Australians
The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) offers a range of assistance and support strategies to help individuals, business owners and primary producers to get their tax affairs back on track.
Depending on your circumstances, the ATO may:
- give you extra time to pay your debt or lodge tax forms such as activity statements
- help you find a lost tax file number, and re-issue income tax returns, activity statements and notices of assessment
- fast track your refund
- set up a payment plan tailored to your individual circumstances including interest free periods
- vary your ‘pay as you go’ (PAYG) instalments
- vary your GST reporting cycle
For more information call the ATO on 1800 806 218 or visit their website.
Small Business Disaster Recovery Grants
Funding up to $10,000 is available to small businesses severely impacted by the North and Far North Queensland monsoonal trough. The funding can be used to engage high-level expertise to help recover and rebuild business confidence. Funding for building, plant and equipment repairs is available in specific circumstances. For more information visit the Business Queensland website.
Mental health services
Need someone to talk to? If you’re feeling overwhelmed or finding things a little tough, there are a number of organisations who can help. Don’t push through, reach out and talk to someone.
NQ Connect is a 24/7 free phone and online counselling service which is available to all people in flood-affected areas. Call 1300 059 625 or visit the website.
Outback Futures is working to support families and communities devastated by drought and flood by providing regular, professional and consistent mental and allied health and wellbeing services. Call 0417 703 729 or visit the website.
Lifeline offers personal support and assistance for self and family, and can be reached on 13 11 14 or via the website.
Beyond Blue can help with personal issues including anxiety and depression, and can be reached on 1300 224 636 or via the website.
The Kids Helpline provides support for young people aged 5 to 25 and can be reached on 1800 55 1800 or via the website.
A range of charities and non-government organisations are providing relief to individuals and communities impacted by flooding. While the floodwaters have receded, recovery will take years, and the work of charities is essential to helping individuals and communities get back on their feet.
If you are looking to donate, consider giving to an established charity, such as one of those listed below.
Re-stocking the North West is helping to restock farms affected by flood through donated cattle. For more information visit Restocking the North West on Facebook, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
BlazeAid can provide assistance with rebuilding fences and other structures that have been damaged or destroyed. For information on the Cloncurry camp, call 0418 745 994 or email email@example.com.
Rural Aid is one of the largest rural charities in Australia, providing support to farmers and rural communities in times of natural disaster as well as supporting the sustainability of the agricultural sector. For more information on Rural Aid’s programs, call 1300 327 624 or visit the website.
Givit connects those who have with those who need. The online platform matches donated goods with the needs of charities and individuals following a natural disaster. For more information visit the website.
For further information on charities and non-government organisations providing assistance, visit FarmHub.