Drought Relief Assistance Scheme QLD

The Drought Relief Assistance Scheme provides subsidies and rebates to drought-declared farming businesses to help manage the welfare of their livestock during drought.
Application detail:

Applications may be made at any time.

What do you get?

Subsidies and rebates between $20,000 and $50,000.

Who is this for?

Queensland drought-declared businesses.


There are 3 assistance measures available while an area or property is drought-declared and 2 assistance measures after the drought declaration is revoked.

During drought, primary producers may be eligible for:

  • freight subsidies for transporting fodder
  • freight subsidies for transporting water
  • the Emergency Water Infrastructure Rebate (EWIR), which provides a rebate on the purchase and installation of water infrastructure installed for emergency animal welfare needs

After a property has had its drought declaration revoked, primary producers may be eligible for:

  • freight subsidies for transporting livestock returning from agistment
  • freight subsidies for transporting livestock purchased for restocking

The maximum initial amount of funding available under DRAS is a total of $20,000 per property, per financial year.

Once the $20,000 limit has been reached, you may apply to extend the limit up to $50,000, depending on the length of time your property has been in drought. Applications for an extension to the funding limit must be accompanied by a drought management plan (DMP) which must be endorsed by the Agency.

Check if you can apply

To be eligible, you must:

  • be a Queensland primary producer who is a person or a partner in a partnership, company or trust
  • spend more than 50% of your labour on the farm and derive more than 50% of your gross income from a primary production enterprise
  • be a property owner, share-farmer or lessee in the grazing industry (beef cattle, sheep, dairy cattle, goats, deer or horses that are not normally hand-fed)
  • have a property within a State drought-declared area or have a current Individually Droughted Property (IDP) declaration
  • have not introduced any livestock on to the property during the current drought or in the 3 month period prior to the drought declaration, including any livestock taken on for agistment

Further eligibility criteria apply depending on the assistance measure you are applying for.

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