QLD: Drought Rebates & Fee Relief

Queensland Government

Land rent rebates

Holders of rural leases (Category 11 leases used for grazing and primary production) issued under Queensland’s Land Act 1994 are eligible for a rebate of 15% of their annual rent where that annual rent is more than $261.00 (excl. GST). The rebate is available to producers who hold leases in drought-declared areas and to those who have an individually droughted property (IDP). Producers who are eligible for the rebate will receive information with their annual/quarterly invoices.

Find out more about land rent rebates, which are administered by the Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy.

Water licence waivers

Annual water licence fees are being waived for Queensland producers whose properties are in drought-declared areas or have an IDP. Affected producers will be advised of the waiver by letter.

Fees for all new water licence applications for stock and domestic water in all drought-declared areas in Queensland will also be waived. This includes properties with an IDP.

Find out more about water fee relief, which is administered by the Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy.

Transport-related drought assistance measures

Transport-related drought assistance measures include:

  • permits for increasing the maximum hay loading height
  • concessions on shifting droughted livestock
  • waivers and greater flexibility on certain vehicle registration conditions and fees and charges
  • increased school transport allowances for some families that drive their children to school or connect with a school bus run.

Read more about transport-related drought assistance measures, which are administered by the Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads in conjunction with the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries and the Queensland Police Service.

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