Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack, Minister for the Environment Melissa Price, Minister for Education Dan Tehan and Minister for Families and Social Services Paul Fletcher announce a range of new support measures for North Queensland flood recovery. These include weather radars, school funding support and financial assistance for isolated families, totalling almost $33 million.
Category C disaster recovery grants for small businesses and not-for-profit organisations are increased from $25,000 to up to $50,000.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison announces the establishment of the North Queensland Livestock Industry Recovery Agency (NQLIRA). A taskforce rapidly forms to begin recovery efforts and establish the Agency.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announce the jointly-funded Special Disaster Assistance Recovery Grants for primary producers will increase from $25,000 to up to $75,000 for flood-affected primary producers. The Prime Minister and Queensland Premier also announce $3 million for mental health services.
Then Assistant Minister for Home Affairs, Senator Linda Reynolds announces a range of measures to support flood-affected families in North Queensland, including: Emergency Hardship Assistance payments; Essential Services Hardship Assistance grants; Essential Household Contents grants; Structural Assistance grants; Essential Services Safety and Reconnection Scheme; Australian Government Disaster Recovery Payment; and Australian Government Disaster Recovery A
A monsoon trough over North and North West Queensland brings 12 days of continuous, heavy rain, smashing rainfall records. It creates a body of water more than 15,000 square kilometres, over 700 kilometres in length and travelling at speed. Widespread livestock losses in the hundreds of thousands are reported in an area larger than the size of Victoria.