2019 Queensland Bushfires $20 million Community Recovery Package - DRFA Category C

The $20 million package is jointly funded by the Australian and Queensland Governments to support Queensland communities in their recovery from the Southern Queensland Bushfires, 6-12 September 2019 and the Eastern Queensland Bushfires 7 October to 19 December 2019 under the Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA) for Category C. 

This package includes funding for a targeted tourism recovery program, and programs supporting community development, health and wellbeing, and community-led recovery and resilience.

Community Wellbeing:

-  Community Development 

-  Mental Health Recovery 


$3 million

$4.7 million

Business and Industry:

-  Tourism Recovery Program


$6 million


-  Flexible Grants

-  Monitoring and Evaluation 


$6 million

$0.3 million

Community Wellbeing

Community Development - $3 million

The purpose of the Community Development Program is to alleviate distress and accelerate the recovery of impacted communities.

Community Development Officers (CDOs) will support the longer-term recovery of vulnerable families and communities across impacted local government areas. 

The program will support community-led recovery initiatives, while building on the strengths and capacities of an affected community.

CDOs will establish a local face-to-face presence in order to identify community needs, conduct community development and engagement activities, and prioritise projects that are clearly linked to human and social recovery, rebuilding and renewal, and will deliver a community benefit.

CDOs will engage with other key workers involved in community recovery at a local level and establish links with workers funded under other components of the Community Recovery Package.

Administering agency

  • Department of Communities, Disability Services and Seniors

Mental Health Recovery - $4.7 million

The Mental Health Recovery Program will provide disaster-affected communities, including individuals, families and first responders, with mental health services and emotional wellbeing support after the bushfire events.

This assistance is in addition to that provided under Category A and will be delivered by Queensland Health in impacted regions.

The objectives of the program are to deliver a range of mental health recovery strategies to individuals and communities impacted by the bushfires, in order to:

  • reduce psychological distress and symptoms resulting from adverse experiences and resulting dislocation and disruption
  • psychologically prepare impacted communities for future disasters.

Services will be delivered in collaboration with local agencies including community recovery agencies, existing local mental health service providers, general practitioners, school and private psychologists and psychiatrists.

Clinical care will be coordinated between Queensland Health treatment services and other front-line support services provided by agencies such as Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, Tourism Industry, Education Queensland and the community mental health sector.

Administering agency

  • Queensland Health

Business and Industry

Tourism Recovery Program - $6 million

The two-year Tourism Recovery Program will be implemented across the hardest hit areas within the Scenic Rim, Southern Downs, Sunshine Coast and Noosa LGAs.

The program will include marketing campaigns, tourism recovery officers, a tourism recovery fund for local government and walking trail restoration and resilience.

Administering agencies

  • Department of Innovation and Tourism Industry Development 
  • Tourism Events Queensland 
  • Department of Employment, Small Business and Training
  • Queensland Reconstruction Authority
  • Department of Environment and Science (National Parks)


Flexible Grants Program - $6 million

The Flexible Grants Program is aimed at driving recovery, and rebuilding community connectivity and resilience in communities impacted by the bushfires.

The Flexible Grants Program will provide funding to non-government organisations, community groups and local governments to deliver projects that:

  • drive disaster recovery and build awareness and resilience within communities impacted by the bushfires
  • support community-led engagement activities, development of local recovery initiatives and encourage partnerships and collaboration reduce future risks and minimise community dependence on government assistance.

Administering agency

  • Department of Communities, Disability Services and Seniors

Monitoring and Evaluation - $0.3 million

The National Monitoring and Evaluation Framework for Disaster Recovery Programs was established to provide a consistent evaluative framework that can be applied to the planning and evaluation of any disaster recovery program in Australia. The framework is designed to provide useful evaluative information that can be applied to the current program and future disasters.

The evaluation program will monitor and review the extraordinary recovery package and assess its success in supporting disaster affected communities.

Administering agency

  • Queensland Reconstruction Authority

Business and Industry

Primary Producer Grants – up to $75,000

Category C $75,000 primary producer grants are available for the following local government areas:

  • Bundaberg
  • Gladstone
  • Gympie
  • Ipswich
  • Livingstone
  • Lockyer Valley
  • Noosa
  • Scenic Rim
  • Somerset
  • Southern Downs
  • Sunshine Coast
  • Toowoomba

Applications are to be made through the Queensland Rural and Industry Development Authority (QRIDA).

For more information on the Category C grants, primary producers can contact QRIDA on 1800 623 946.

Administering agency

  • Queensland Rural and Industry Development Authority