Exceptional Circumstances Recovery Grants for Primary Producers - 2023 Southern Queensland Fires


Grants up to $75,000 are available for bushfire affected primary producers to hire or purchase equipment and materials, clean up and remove debris, replace fencing, and cover other costs associated with recovery following the Southern Queensland Fires of 2023. 

Applicants need to show they are an eligible primary producer within the declared disaster area and demonstrate they have suffered direct impact from the disaster. Producers should take photographs of direct damage to accompany their application.

The maximum grant amount is $75,000 and can be accessed through the following:

  • Initial application/s up to the total amount of $10,000 is available to support an initial claim. Evidence of the direct damage is required such as photographs and quotations, tax invoices or official receipts
  • Subsequent application/s up to the total amount of $65,000 is available to support subsequent claims for which full evidence of payment is required.

Complete applications are assessed in order of receipt and QRIDA may request further information to help assess an application.

Financial support for primary producers in the form of freight subsidies and concessional loans is also currently available.

Eligible councils

The $5 million package is distributed between nine Queensland councils:

  • Bundaberg Regional Council 
  • Central Highlands Regional Council
  • Gladstone Regional Council 
  • Maranoa Regional Council 
  • North Burnett Regional Council
  • South Burnett Regional Council
  • Southern Downs Regional Council
  • Toowoomba Regional Council
  • Western Downs Regional Council.

Funding acknowledgement

The package is jointly funded by the Australian and Queensland Governments to support Queensland communities in their recovery from the 2023 Southern Queensland Fires

Delivery agency

Queensland Rural and Industry Development Authority (QRIDA)

More information

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