Cyclone Debbie Recovery Information

Please find below recovery information that you may find useful following the impact of ex-Tropical Cyclone Debbie to our region:
Name of Initiative Brief Description Additional Info & Links
Building and Tradie assistance register Online register that homeowners and businesses can search to locate licensed tradespeople or building certifiers in their area.

Building Certifier register

Online register that homeowners and businesses can search to locate licensed tradespeople or building certifiers in their area.

Advice on rebuilding after a disaster

Online information for homeowners on rebuilding their home, including inspections of roof structures in locations where structural damage to other building occurred.

Advice and assistance for people displaced from their home

In-person, telephone and online information and access to emergency housing assistance services after a disaster.

 or 13QGOV (13 74 68)

Advice for people who need recovery support Support for people who need assistance to get back on their feet mentally, emotionally and financially Contact Centacare NQ on 1300 672 273 to make an appointment or visit

Advice and assistance for private renters

Telephone and online information and access to tenancy and dispute resolution advice.

or 1300 366 311

Advice on safe asbestos management

Resources for homeowners, building owners and tradespeople.

or 13 QGOV (13 74 68)

Skilling Queenslanders for Work

Designed to offer immediate job opportunities to displaced workers and local job seekers in disaster affected areas to support the recovery effort. Local residents can participate in the re-building of their communities, be paid a wage and undertake nationally recognised training.

Recovery of key tourism and recreational assets in affected areas.

A Tourism Recovery Fund, jointly funded by the Australian and Queensland Governments is being provided to assist tourism operators located in the Whitsunday Local Government Area recover from the effects of Tropical Cyclone Debbie.

Department of Agriculture & Fisheries Biosecurity (BQ)

Displaced animals – Biosecurity Qld provide advice on how to identify and return stock safely.

Animal welfare needs

BQ monitor and manage animal, plant pests and diseases following flooding.

or 13 25 23

Agri-Science Queensland

Specific flowed related production issues with animals, cropping, fisheries and aquaculture

Restoring productivity on flood impacted cropping and pasture land

Follow up support with growers and producers on farm and through targeted technical advice on request.

Rural Economic Development 

Representation and input to functional recovery groups

Assisting growers and producers link with QRAA and financial counselling services

Linking with industry bodies

Assistance to plan agricultural elements for local recovery events and activities

Facilitate planning related to agriculture transport infrastructure.

Category B Freight Subsidies

NDRRA Category B assistance provides primary producers with access to freight subsidies for the movement of materials to assist recovery. Freight subsidies may be made available for movement of materials such as:

• Emergency fodder for livestock located at the home property

• Building and fencing materials, and

• Machinery and equipment movements.

Assistance for produces affected by STC Debbie Version 4, 20-04-2017

A maximum freight subsidy payment per property of up to 50 per cent to a maximum of $5,000 applies on combined restocking, fodder, building and fencing materials, and machinery and equipment movements.

Freight subsidies are available through DAF and the guidelines and forms for freight subsidies can be found here:

Rural Financial Counselling Service

The Rural Financial Counselling Services provide confidential free and impartial counselling services to primary producers, fishers and small rural businesses experiencing financial difficulties. The Australian and Queensland governments provide funding to deliver the service. There is a North Queensland Service and Southern Queensland Service covering areas impacted by TC Debbie.

North Queensland -

Southern Queensland -

Back to Work Regional Employment Package (Back to Work)

Back to Work is an employment program rather than a recovery initiative; however the available payments can assist affected businesses to rebuild and hire new staff.

Employers who hire an eligible employee in a regional Queensland job are eligible except for government entities including local, state and federal government, government owned corporation and statutory bodies.

The payments available are;

• $10,000 for a full-time employee who was previously unemployed for a least four weeks;

• $15,000 for a full-time employee who was previously long term unemployed (i.e. unemployed for 52 weeks or more); and

• $20,000 (Youth Boost) for a full-time employee aged between 15-24 years who was previously unemployed for four weeks or more (eligibility period from 1 Dec 2016 – 31 Oct 2017)

Eligible part-time jobs (and jobs for a person with an approved disability assessment plan) attract 75% of the full support payment (i.e. $7,500. $11,250 and $15,000 respectively).

Employers and jobseekers can connect with their local Back to Work Team by calling 13QGOV (13 74 68). Further information is also available online at

Counter & Online Service 

Information about disaster assistance

or 13 25 23

Tourism and small Business Recovery Package 

Suite of proposed initiatives subject to Queensland Government consideration

Sport and Recreation Disaster Recovery 

Supports not – for – profit sport and recreation organisations with funding to re-establish their facilities and activities after extreme natural events. Funding of up to $5,000 (Level 1) and $20,000 (Level 2) may be available for eligible sport and recreation organisations located in areas declared under the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements

Small Business Recovery Package

Subject to consideration by government, delivery of a suite of initiatives tailored to support small business to recover, rebuild and re-invest in their communities as a result of TC Debbie

• Tailored grants program to assist small business recovery

• “Go local” campaign

• Mentoring and mental health support

The grants program would be based on the existing Accelerate Small Business Grants Program and would assist existing small businesses with developing business plans, re-training, mentoring, financial counselling and exploring new options for sustainability such as diversification, new products etc.

The “Go local” campaign will involve a number of community, industry and government stakeholders.

Building our Regions

Building our Regions is a $375 million targeted regional infrastructure program for local government projects. The primary purpose of the Building our Regional program is to provide funding for critical infrastructure in a regional areas of the state, while also generating jobs, fostering economic development and improving the livability of regional communities.

Projects that fall into the categories of community, transport and flood mitigation infrastructure will be considered for funding. Examples of flood mitigation infrastructure projects may include levees, drainage works and causeways.

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