$36.8 million Local Economic Recovery Program - Category D

The Local Economic Recovery (LER) Program aims to support projects that contribute to local and regional economic and social recovery in areas most severely impacted by the 2019 Queensland Bushfires.

The funding is jointly provided by the Australian and Queensland governments through Category D of the Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA).

Eligible applicants include:

  • local governments and Queensland Government departments and agencies undertaking projects in the following local government areas
    • Scenic Rim
    • Lockyer Valley
    • Somerset
    • Southern Downs
    • Livingstone
    • Gladstone
    • Bundaberg
    • Gympie
    • Ipswich City
    • Mareeba Shire
    • Noosa Shire
    • Sunshine Coast
    • Toowoomba


The objective of this funding is to support projects that enable economic and social recovery.

Projects agreed for co-funding under the LER Program may fall into one or more of the following categories and could include initiatives across economic, social, built and natural environment recovery domains that produce enduring benefits and improve future resilience within local communities.

  • Enabling infrastructure
  • Industry and business development
  • Social development
  • Natural environment and resource development
  • Built environment adaptation


Application Form

How to Apply

Expressions of interest (EoIs) can be prepared and lodged with QRA via the Submissions inbox: submissions@qra.qld.gov.au.

Applicants may lodge more than one Expression of Interest, using the Local Economic Recovery Expressions of Interest Form.

The EoI should contain details of the proposed project, including:

  • project name
  • project description
  • socio-economic benefits of project
  • accurate GPS locations of proposed site/s
  • requested funding
  • applicant contribution
  • estimated total project cost
  • proposed project start date and approximate project duration, and
  • if applicants are lodging more than one EoI, applicant’s project priority.

Expressions of interest close Monday 7 September 2020.

Queensland Reconstruction Authority will undertake an assessment of EoIs and notify applicants of projects identified for further scoping and consideration.

Lodging a detailed submission

Following the EOI stage QRA will

  • advise applicants of identified LER projects to progress to a detailed submission, and
  • provide detailed submission forms to assist in preparing the submission.

Once the detailed submission form is complete, applicants can lodge with QRA via the MARS Portal, using the following steps:

  1. Ensure your MARS Portal access has been set up. Refer to the MARS Portal user access form to request if access is needed.
  2. Select Create new submission
  3. Select event – Queensland Bushfires, September - December 2019
  4. Select submission type:
    1. Local Economic Recovery - Activity (for non-asset projects such as training, forums, resource development or workshops) OR
    2. Local Economic Recovery Asset  (for asset related works such as built infrastructure including transport, or natural environment)
  5. Organisation Reference: Enter the Project name
  6. Expenditure type: Estimates
  7. Description: enter project description
  8. Use Part A of the submission form to enter line item data
  9. Ensure you attach the detailed submission form (Parts A & B) as a supporting document in the MARS Portal
  10. Ensure you attach all other relevant supporting documentation is attached in the MARS portal including evidence to support the project assessment under the LER

Delivery and acquittal – state agencies and councils

  • Progress reporting and close out of a submission can be done in the MARS Portal following completion of works and full expenditure. Refer to the MARS Portal user guide - Progress reporting and close outs
  • When preparing the close out, the following should be attached as supporting documents on the submission details page of the MARS Portal:
    • Photos of completed works (asset projects only).
  • For assistance in completing the close out submission, please contact your Regional Liaison Officer (RLO).

More information

For questions in relation to the program, please email submissions@qra.qld.gov.au or phone (07) 3008 7200.