Natural disaster recovery for primary producers

Recovery from recent flood events

This eHub has been set up to provide you with resources for recovery from recent severe rainfall and flood events.

The Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF) is working with industry to help producers recover from these events and to consider what opportunities there may be to prepare for future natural disaster events. An industry working group has been established to prioritise actions.

On this eHub we will be sharing updates on recovery initiatives, and encourage you to provide feedback for consideration by the working group.

Interpreter services

If you need an interpreter, please ring the Community Recovery Hotline number 1800 173 349 and request an interpreter. You can also translate the text on this page by using the 'Select Language' dropdown function in the menu bar at the top of the page.

Financial recovery assistance is available for primary producers impacted by natural disasters in disaster-actived areas. 

This assistance may include loans, freight subsidies and recovery grants depending on each activation.

Applicants will need to demonstrate that they are an eligible primary producer within the declared disaster area, and that they have suffered direct impact from the disaster. Visit QRIDA or freecall 1800 623 946.

Disaster-activated areas

Primary producers outside of these areas who have suffered damage can apply for an Individual Disaster Stricken Property (IDSP) declaration, providing access to freight subsidies up to $5,000 and concessional loans of up to $250,000.

Producers should take photos of direct damage on their property before cleaning-up to accompany their funding application. Please date stamp these photographs to show the damage is from this natural disaster event.

Additional information is available in the document library on this page.

Flood support and grants available for Pacific Nations agriculture workers and other visa holders

Flood-affected Pacific nations workers and other approved visa holders working in the agriculture sector are able to access financial support if they live in a declared activation area. Visit our Pacific Labour Scheme/Seasaonal Worker Programme for Agriculture eHub for information.


Alerts for clean-up activities

Report farm damage for assistance

Producers who experience losses or damage to their property are encouraged to fill in our Natural Disaster Impact Survey to help the Queensland Government and industry quickly assess the regions for financial recovery assistance.

Fire ants

Fire ants tend to build their nests higher after rain, making them easier to spot. They have also been spotted rafting in flooded areas around Brisbane, Logan and Ipswich. Report fire ants online or call DAF on 13 25 23.

Protecting against mosquito-borne illnesses

Queenslanders are at greater risk of contracting illnesses from mosquitos following the heavy rainfall and flooding. Applying insect repellent, wearing loose clothes to cover arms and legs and wearing closed-in shoes can significantly increase protection against mosquito bites. For more information about mosquito-borne illnesses visit Queensland Health.