Progress To Date

Funding committed

More than $3.3 billion has been paid or committed to assist affected people, businesses and communities by this event with recovery and reconstruction.

This includes:

  • Over $75 million has been paid to 1354 primary producers in Special Disaster Assistance Recovery Grants (up to $75,000 per eligible primary producer), as at 19 July 2019.
  • $300 million of Commonwealth funding committed for North Queensland Restocking, Replanting & On-farm Infrastructure Grants – up to $400,000 (dollar-for-dollar co-contribution) to eligible primary producers. To date, 31 grants totalling $9 million have been approved.
  • Almost $7.7 million has been paid to 588 small businesses and not-for-profit organisations in Special Disaster Assistance Recovery Grants (up to $50,000 per eligible small business or not-for-profit organisation), as at 28 June 2019.
  • Over $112 million has been paid to over 96,000 applicants under the Commonwealth’s Disaster Recovery Payment and Disaster Recovery Allowance, as at 30 April 2019.
  • $121 million in Category C and D assistance to be paid to the Queensland Government under the Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements, for a range of initiatives, including helping small businesses to recover, mental health and wellbeing services, and future flood-preparedness measures.
  • $4 million for non-government and boarding schools with significant numbers of students from flood-affected areas.
  • $2.6 million to support the mental health of communities affected by the floods.

Key Dates

25 January 2019 to 14 February 2019

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.

04 February 2019

Then Assistant Minister for Home Affairs, Senator Linda Reynolds announces that the Australian Government will provide income assistance to people affected by record-breaking monsoonal rainfall and flooding in northern Queensland, as well as disaster recovery payments to those whose homes have been lost or severely damaged.

06 February 2019

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 Allowance.

07 February 2019

Then Assistant Minister for Home Affairs, Senator Linda Reynolds and Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announce flood-affected primary producers in nine LGAs can apply for Category C recovery grants of up to $25,000.

08 February 2019

Then Assistant Minister for Home Affairs, Senator Linda Reynolds and Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announce the extension of Category C grants for primary producers in the Winton and Flinders shires.

08 February 2019

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.

09 February 2019

Then Assistant Minister for Home Affairs, Senator  Linda Reynolds announces that Disaster Recovery Payment and Disaster Recovery Assistance will be extended to more flood-affected communities in Queensland.

15 February 2019

Then Assistant Minister  for Home Affairs, Senator Linda Reynolds and Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announce Category C recovery grants for impacted small businesses and not-for-profit organisations in Townsville, Cloncurry, McKinlay, Richmond and Flinders LGAs.The jointly funded grants provide up to $25,000.

01 March 2019

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. Mr Morrison also announces that the mandate of the Regional Investment Corporation will change to allow it to develop concessional loan products for flood-affected farmers; the ATO is taking steps to provide assistance to flood-affected taxpayers and telehealth services will be available via Medicare for flood-affected areas to 30 June 2019.

13 March 2019

Prime Minister Scott Morrison announces the appointment of the NQLIRA Advisory Board.

15 March 2019

Category C disaster recovery grants for small businesses and not-for-profit organisations are increased from $25,000 to up to $50,000.

23 March 2019

Prime Minister Scott Morrison announces that grants of up to $400,000 for restocking, replanting and on-farm infrastructure will be available for flood-affected North Queensland farmers.

26 March 2019

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.

31 March 2019

Then Minister for Emergency Management and North Queensland Recovery, Senator Linda Reynolds and Queensland Premier Anastacia Palaszczuk announce a jointly-funded $242 million long-term recovery package to support communities devastated by the North Queensland floods.

11 April 2019

Flood-affected small businesses can apply for $25,000 upfront, half of the Special Disaster Assistance Recovery Grant.

01 May 2019

Applications open for the North Queensland Restocking, Replanting & On-farm Infrastructure grants.

13 May 2019

Former Minister for Emergency  and North Queensland Recovery, Senator Linda Reynolds and Queensland Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries Mark Furner announce that flood and freight restocking subsidies are now available for Queensland producers who suffered livestock losses in the North Queensland floods.

07 June 2019

Minister for Education Dan Tehan and Member for Herbert Phillip Thompson announce $4 million to assist 25 non-government schools that were affected by the North Queensland floods, including 12 schools in Townsville.

11 June 2019

Minister for Water Resources, Drought, Rural Finance, Natural Disaster and Emergency Management, David Littleproud and Queensland Minister for Employment and Small Business, Shannon Fentiman announce small businesses affected by the North Queensland flooding can apply for new recovery grants of up to $10,000. The grants can be used for repairs to buildings, plant and equipment and to better prepare for future disasters.

12 June 2019

Applications open for concessional loans of up to $5 million for flood-affected primary producers in North Queensland, provided by the Regional Investment Corporation.

20 June 2019

Minister for Water Resources, Drought, Rural Finance, Natural Disaster and Emergency Management, David Littleproud and Queensland Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning, Cameron Dick announce a jointly-funded $100 million fund to help affected communities build stronger, more disaster resilient infrastructure.

28 June 2019

The $1 million Exceptional Disaster Assistance Loan (Category D) becomes available. This loan is open to primary producers and business owners whose assets have sustained exceptional damage as a result of the flood event.