Rural Residential Recovery Program

The Commonwealth and Queensland Governments have jointly funded up to $1.5 million under the Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements for the Rural Residential Recovery Program.

This program was delivered by Australian Red Cross, and jointly funded by the Commonwealth and Queensland governments.

Program purpose

To assist the region to recover after the Central Queensland Bushfires in 2018, a Community Recovery Package was made available and funded by the Commonwealth and State Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements under Category C. The package included a Rural Residential Recovery Program to support the extraordinary clean up and reinstatement of rural residential properties or lifestyle blocks impacted by the fires.

Grants were available to eligible applicants for a value between $250 and $10,000, with a cap of $10,000 per applicant. Applications were assessed on the program guidelines and criteria relating to applicants, properties, geographical areas, activities, and costs.

Program status

The program concluded in January 2020.

Administering agency

The Australian Red Cross (ARC) led the implementation of the program with administrative support from the Queensland Reconstruction Authority (QRA).

Outcomes achieved:

  • 188 applications received
  • 166 applications approved
  • $1,484,256 in grants paid to eligible applicants.

More information

A copy of the full evaluation report is available on the Australian Institute for Disaster Resilience (AIDR) website.

(QRA Reference CM DOC/21/5164)