14 November 2023.

New Queensland drought assistance is available to eligible primary producers across all industries. The assistance helps producers prepare their business for drought and other climate events and build business resilience.

Support includes assistance to undertake Farm Business Resilience Planning and Drought Preparedness Grants up to $50,000. A suite of no and low interest loans up to $250,000 are also available. Producers don’t need to be in a drought-declared region to access the new programs.

The new Queensland drought assistance measures replace the Drought Relief Assistance Scheme (DRAS). Transport subsidies will not be available if you are drought-declared after 1 April 2022.

For more information visit or phone 13 25 23.

Have you got a Farm Business Resilience Plan for drought?

Is your business prepared for drought and other climate risks? Get ready with a Farm Business Resilience Plan.

Your plan helps you identify, assess and manage business risks, such as drought, and strategies and actions on how to address them. It is good practice to have a business plan.

You will need a Farm Business Resilience Plan, or similar, to apply for Queensland’s drought assistance grants and loans. The plan, identifying activities to improve drought and climate risk resilience, needs to be supplied with the application to the Queensland Rural and Industry Development Authority (QRIDA). 

The Farm Business Resilience Program is jointly funded by the Australian Government's Future Drought Fund and the Queensland Government's Drought and Climate Adaptation Program

For more information visit or phone 13 25 23.