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Disaster Recovery Funding for Eligible Small Businesses in South East Queensland

Following the devastating floods in South East Queensland between 22 February and 7 March 2022, small businesses in the eligible defined areas listed below who were directly impacted, may now apply for Extraordinary Disaster Assistance Recovery Grants of up to $50,000.

Applications close 5 September 2022.

The maximum total grant amount is $50,000 and is available through two separate applications, where eligibility criteria applies:

  • An initial amount of up to $15,000 is available to support an initial claim with evidence of the direct damage including:
    • photographs
    • quotes/estimates
    • tax invoices
    • official receipts.
  • A subsequent amount of up to $35,000 is available to support subsequent applications for which full evidence of payment is required.

Eligible clean-up, reinstatement activities and emergency measures include:

  • Equipment and materials to undertake clean-up
  • Additional labour costs (above and beyond normal wage expenditure i.e. day-to-day staffing)
  • Disposing of damaged goods and stock, including associated costs
  • Repairs to buildings (other than housing)
  • Purchase or hire/ lease costs for equipment essential to the immediate resumption of the business
  • Payment for tradespeople to conduct safety inspections
  • Essential repairs to premises and internal fittings that is not covered by insurance
  • Replacement of lost or damaged stock if the replacement is essential for immediately resuming operations
  • Leasing temporary premises for the purpose of resuming operation.

An applicant is not eligible for assistance under the scheme:

  1. for repairs to a building the applicant lets to a person for residential or commercial purposes, unless the applicant lets the property in the course of operating a business (superannuation funds and personal investment vehicles are not regarded as businesses); or
  2. if the small business is entitled to receive an amount under a policy of insurance for the relevant costs claimed; or
  3. for loss of income as a result of the eligible disaster.

Defined disaster areas: to be eligible for assistance your business must be located in one of the following areas:

  • Brisbane City Council
  • Fraser Coast Regional Council
  • Gladstone Regional Council
  • Gold Coast City Council
  • Goondiwindi Regional Council
  • Gympie Regional Council
  • Ipswich City Council
  • Lockyer Valley Regional Council
  • Logan City Council
  • Moreton Bay Regional Council
  • Noosa Shire Council
  • North Burnett Regional Council
  • Redland City Council
  • Scenic Rim Regional Council
  • Somerset Regional Council
  • South Burnett Regional Council
  • Southern Downs Regional Council
  • Sunshine Coast Regional Council
  • Toowoomba Regional Council

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