2023-24 South Queensland Severe Storms - recovery operation

Event summary

South Queensland Severe Storms and Rainfall, 24 December 2023 - 3 January 2024
During this event a series of storms impacted South East Queensland, particularly the Logan, Scenic Rim and Gold Coast regions. The intense rainfall and flash flooding from the storms closed roads and caused landslips, with strong winds causing powerlines and tress to fall on homes, vehicles and across roads. Widespread power outages were experienced along with an extensive clean-up effort requiring extraordinary support.  

7 South East Queensland local government areas (LGAs) - Banana, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Logan, Murweh, Redland, and Scenic Rim - have been activated for this event for a range of disaster assistance through the joint State and Commonwealth Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA) to address the immediate and long-term impacts from these events. Refer to the activations page for this event for details of the specific DRFA funding measures that have been activated for each local government area.

Financial assistance and exceptional circumstances

SEQ Severe Storms 2023
6 local government areas have been activated for the South East Queensland Severe Storms and Rainfall for various funding assistance measures for individuals, primary producers, small business and not-for-profits.
2023-24 SEQ Storms recovery operation
Jointly funded DRFA exceptional circumstances package to support recovery for SEQ's vital tourism industry, farmers, small businesses and not-for-profits.

Recovery operation

The recovery operation for this event will include: 

  • preparation of a business case for extraordinary assistance under the DRFA
  • offers of support from QRA Recovery and Resilience Officers (RROs) to eligible councils to help develop event specific local recovery plans
  • QRA as lead recovery agency liaising with Functional Recovery Groups to ensure appropriate state recovery planning.

Local Recovery Plans

QRA is working closely with councils to offer support to develop event specific local recovery plans that will be available following endorsement by councils.

Community Recovery Hotline

For assistance with disaster recovery funding eligibility and support please contact the Queensland Government Community Recovery Hotline on 1800 173 349 or visit the Queensland Government website for financial help for current and recent disasters at: