Phase 3 Floods Recovery Package for Queensland

The Commonwealth and Queensland Governments will each invest $360 million to support a new Phase 3 Floods Recovery Package for Queensland under Category C and D of the Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA).

Human and Social - $177.711 million

Flexible Funding Grants - $20 million

Support local recovery and resilience building activities through an open grants process, available to community and industry groups, local governments and incorporated organisations.

Community Health and Wellbeing - $24.535 million

To assist disaster-affected communities, including individuals, families and first responders, with mental health services and emotional well-being support through:

  • Queensland Health ($9.305 M)
    • Mental Health Services
  • Department of Communities, Housing and Digital Economy ($15.23 M)
    • Psychosocial and mental health services
    • Financial wellbeing and Individual support – service navigator and reconstruction case management
    • Sector development and capability.

Accommodation Support - $121.1 million

  • Rental security subsidy: to assist up to 3,681 disaster impacted individuals and families obtain and sustain rental homes (max $5000 for up to 12 months)
  • Flexible housing solutions: short to medium term safe, stable homes for up to 500 disaster impacted individuals and families (e.g. while properties are being repaired) – pods or tiny homes on state or private land
  • Campaign: to increase private rentals in market

Community Development - $12.076 million

Allocation of 20 community recovery and resilience officers (CRROs) to each of the 16 Local Government Areas (LGAs) activated for Personal Hardship Assistance Scheme grants with an overarching sector-based program coordinator. CRROs will be integrated into local/district disaster management networks, to understand local recovery needs and implement community-led recovery activities.

Economic - $177 million

Medium to large business – concessional recovery loans - $150 million

Loan scheme to support medium to large severely impacted businesses including primary producers and related agricultural supply chain businesses and other businesses critical to their supply chain.

Industry Recovery and Resilience Officers - $2.5 million

Four Industry Recovery and Resilience Officers (IRROs) to assist impacted primary producers with recovery, and work with industry, local governments and producers to build long-term resilience, through determining risk and property-scale flood management plans.

Small Business Recovery and Resilience Package - $14.5 million

  • Small Business Support Service - $2 M: Dedicated to flood-affected small business owners providing free, independent case management with mental health support
  • Skilling Queenslanders for Work (SQW) - $10 M: A funding round for community-based organisations in flood affected areas to undertake recovery-related projects
  • Buy Local / Go Local campaign - $2.5 M: To encourage consumers to shop and visit locally within disaster impacted communities.

Rural Landholder Recovery Grants - $3 million

Provide financial support to assist with the extraordinary clean-up and reinstatement activities on rural residential properties, beyond the immediate vicinity of the residential house. This funding will also provide support to ensure clean water, feed and safe fenced properties.

Tourism Recovery and Resilience Package - $7 million

  • Building Resilient Tourism Infrastructure - $5 M: Grants for impacted tourism businesses to build their resistance and aid their response to flooding and natural disasters through innovative solutions and bespoke engineering solutions.
  • Regional Tourism Product, Experience and Infrastructure Platform - $1 M: To diversify the tourism offering in impacted areas by mapping existing tourism products, experiences and infrastructure against natural disaster metrics and identifying gaps for development to make the local industry more resilient.
  • Tourism Business Resilience Program - $0.8 M: To help tourism businesses respond to the unique challenges and help them plan for and recover from natural disasters.
  • Solving Disaster Resilience Challenges with Open Innovation - $0.2 M: to find solutions for disaster risk and resilience issues likely to impact the tourism industry in the three most impacted regions of Brisbane, Sunshine Coast and Gold Coast.

Environment - $56.9 million

Environmental Recovery - $28.9 million

  • Riverine Recovery - $22.75 M: Grants for NRM bodies, local governments and/or non-government agencies to facilitate riverine recovery.
  • Weed and Pest Management - $1.85 M: Grants for state agencies, NRM bodies, local governments and/or non-government agencies to facilitate weed and pest management, including in national parks.
  • Biodiversity Conservation - $3.5 M: Grants for state agencies, non-government organisations, community and Indigenous groups to facilitate recovery of river turtles and fish species in the Mary River Catchment, marine turtle and dugong rehabilitation, and seagrass management.
  • Environmental Assets - $0.8 M: For private landowners and community groups to apply for grant monies to facilitate recovery of places of historical heritage and Nature Refuges.

Flood Risk Management - $28 million

  • Community engagement and education material: targeted information and education campaigns to enhance the disaster preparedness and resilience of communities impacted by the eligible flooding events, and ensure communities are aware of their flood risks and the information and services available to them to manage their risks.
  • Lidar capture and floor level database: Lidar capture and dataset processing for identified areas will form key data underpinning flood studies and risk assessments.
  • Flood studies, risk assessment and management strategies: A program of works to develop floods studies for river, creek and/or overland flooding, risk assessments and management strategies. This may include implementation of mitigation measures and new infrastructure, if funding allows, to reduce the risk of future flood events.

Building - $150 million

Community and Recreational Assets (inc. sport, council parks, national parks) - $150 million

Funding for local governments, state agencies and non-profit organisations to clean-up, repair and improve the resilience of damaged community and recreational assets. Resilience improvements/mitigation works where coinciding with the actual damaged assets/components. Applications for funding will be prioritised on the importance of the asset to the local community.

Roads and Transport - $150 million

Betterment - $150 million

For state agencies and local governments to improve the resilience of essential public assets that were damaged and activated for Category B Restoration of Essential Public Assets. Investment in betterment programs results in communities recovering more quickly from events and significant cost savings in subsequent events.