Extra financial support for primary producers impacted by Tropical Cyclone Jasper and the subsequent flooding event has become available. This is in addition to the loan support announced earlier this week.

The Extraordinary Recovery Grants have just been announced. These are grants of up to $75,000 to assist with short-term recovery needs including pasture rehabilitation, fodder, replacing livestock, and repairs to infrastructure and equipment. They will be administered through QRIDA. Please visit the QRIDA website for information on how to apply as it becomes available. You can also see below for more details on disaster assistance and eligible LGAs.

As you take care of your properties and your families, please also remember to look after your health and wellbeing. There are a range of support services available to help. We’ve compiled a selection of contacts and resources that may be applicable to your needs.


Disaster Assistance Activated

Disaster assistance has been activated for primary producers impacted by Ex-Tropical Cyclone Jasper in the following Local Government Areas:

  • Cairns
  • Cassowary Coast
  • Cook
  • Douglas
  • Hinchinbrook
  • Mareeba
  • Tablelands

Assistance available:

  • *NEW*: Extraordinary Recovery Grants – up to $75,000 to assist with short-term recovery needs including pasture rehabilitation, fodder, replacing livestock, and repairs to infrastructure and equipment.
  • Disaster Assistance Loans – up to $250,000 for producers to repair or replace damaged assets like plant and equipment, to repair premises, or to replace stock and maintain liquidity.
  • Essential Working Capital Loans – up to $100,000 for producers to allow for the continuation of operations, including paying wages, rents or rates, purchasing items such as fuel, fodder and water, or for the transportation of livestock and produce.

More information will soon be available: https://www.qrida.qld.gov.au/primary-producers

  • Freight Subsidies – up to $5,000 for primary producers to assist with the movement of stock, feed, machinery, fuel, water, and building or fencing materials

For more information: https://www.business.qld.gov.au/industries/farms-fishing-forestry/agriculture/disaster/funding/freight 

Individual Disaster Stricken Property

If a primary producer is not in an area activated for Commonwealth-State Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements – but has suffered significant damage from a natural disaster – they are able to apply for an Individual Disaster Stricken Property (IDSP) declaration.

For more information: https://www.business.qld.gov.au/industries/farms-fishing-forestry/agriculture/disaster/funding/individual-property

Personal hardship financial assistance

Assistance is now available for residents in the following Local Government Areas:

  • Cairns Regional LGA – All areas
  • Cassowary Coast LGA – All areas
  • Cook Shire LGA – Defined localities
  • Douglas Shire LGA – All areas
  • Mareeba Shire LGA – All areas
  • Tablelands Regional LGA – All areas
  • Wujal Wujal Aboriginal Shire LGA – All areas
  • Yarrabah Aboriginal Shire LGA – All areas

Assistance available:

  • Emergency Hardship Assistance
  • Essential Services Hardship Assistance
  • Essential Household Contents Grant
  • Essential Services Safety and Reconnection
  • Structural Assistance Grant

For more information: https://www.qld.gov.au/community/disasters-emergencies/disasters/money-finance/eligibility-apply/tc-jasper-december-2023



Mental Health Support Available

You are not alone. Help is available from a range of services and resources.


DAF Agriculture Disaster Impact Survey

If you have experienced any damage or losses to your property, we encourage you to fill out the Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries’ (DAF) Agriculture Disaster Impact Survey, to help decision-makers in understanding the impacts.

DAF rely on data collected by industry and local government to activate disaster assistance. The information captured via this survey supports DAF in processing applications for assistance efficiently, to support recovery.

Please remember to: 

  • Take date-stamped photographs and include these in the Impact Survey
  • Select ‘Growcom’ as your industry group, when submitting your form to allow us to view your information and assist further.

DAF Agriculture Disaster Impact Survey



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