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SEQ 2022 Flood Assistance

CURRENT GRANTS FOR FLOOD AFFECTED AREAS

UPDATED 3pm Thursday 12 May 2022


Resilient Homes Fund

Queensland homeowners who experienced damage to their residential property as a result of flooding in 2021–22 can now register their interest for the $741 million Resilient Homes Fund.

The Resilient Homes Fund was developed following the 2021–22 disaster season and applies to directly flood-affected residential properties within 37 local government areas activated for Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA) for the following events:

  • central, southern, and western Queensland rainfall and flooding 10 November to 3 December 2021
  • ex-tropical cyclone Seth, 29 December 2021 to 10 January 2022
  • south-east Queensland rainfall and flooding 22 February onwards.

Different options for homeowners will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Criteria are still being finalized, but by registering, you’ll get information on when grants formally open. To register, you’ll need to set up an account, and answer questions about your home, insurance if you have it, the level of flooding you experienced, and what programs you’re interested in. If you’d like any assistance with registering, please reach out to my office. 

Grants include:

  • Resilient household rebuild program: Funding to homeowners to repair or retrofit their homes to incorporate flood resilient design and materials in liveable rooms or areas within the Defined Flood Level.
  • Home-raising program: Funding to homeowners to raise their home, or move it to higher ground on your property, by elevating liveable rooms or areas of the dwelling above the Defined Flood Level.
  • Voluntary home buy-back program: Funding to local governments for the voluntary buy-back of homes, where it is determined that repair, retrofitting or raising is not suitable. Buy-backs will be considered on a case-by-case basis and will take into consideration a range of factors including frequency of flooding, severity of flooding, risks to structural safety and human life and broader social impacts.

There is also some general information on rebuilding following floods here:

Click here for more info or to register your interest. No closing date announced. 


State Grants (QLD)

Emergency Households Content Grant (Up to $1,765 for single adults, $5,300 for couples/families)
If you are uninsured, or unable to claim insurance, you may be eligible for financial assistance to provide a contribution towards replacing or repairing essential household contents, such as beds, linen and whitegoods, that have been lost or damaged in the flood. This is a means tested grant.
Click here for more info. No closing date announced.

Essential Services Safety and Reconnection Grant ($200 - $4,200)
If you’re uninsured, or unable to claim insurance, you may be eligible for a grant to help you reconnect essential services that were damaged by the flood. Up to $200 is available to go towards a safety inspection for each essential service needing reconnection (electricity, gas, water and sewerage or septic system), and up to $4200 is available to go towards repair work to enable essential services to be reconnected (for example, electrical rewiring). This is a means tested grant.
Click here for more info. No closing date announced.

Structural Assistance Grant (Up to $50,000)
If you’re uninsured, or unable to claim insurance, you may be eligible for a one-off payment as a contribution towards repairs to your home to make it secure and safe. This is a means tested grant.
Click here for more info. No closing date announced.

Driver's licence or photo identity smartcards replacement (and other free services)
If you live in a current activation area, you can apply for a free replacement of your TMR-issued smartcards (driver's licence or photo identity card) if they have been lost or damaged in a natural disaster. Other support also available.
Click here for more info. Applications close 28 June 2022.

Mortgage Relief Loan (Up to $20,000)
A Mortgage Relief Loan provides short-term help to people who are having difficulties with their home loan repayments due to unemployment, accident, illness, or some other unexpected or unforeseen crisis. The loan is interest free with no application fees or ongoing charges.
Click here for more info. Applications are ongoing.

Federal Grants

SEQ Floods 2022 - Australian Government Disaster Recovery Payment ($1000 per adult, $400 per child)
A one-off, non-means tested lump sum payment for those who have been “seriously affected”, including:
- Those who’ve been seriously injured, or immediate family of Australian citizens or residents who have died or are missing.
- Residents who have suffered “major damage” to their home.
Both owners and renters can get the payment. “Major damage” is defined on the website, but includes damage to the interior and sewerage contamination as well as damage to “major assets” valued at $20,000 or more.
Click here for more info. Applications close 3 September 2022.

SEQ Floods 2022 - Australian Government Disaster Recovery Allowance (Various amounts)
Up to 13 weeks payment for Brisbane residents who've lost income due to the floods, paid at the Jobseeker or Youth Allowance rate, backdated to day you started losing income. It's taxable and means tested so you'll need to provide evidence of prior income and report income while receiving the payment, plus you can't get it if you're receiving another income support payment (eg. JobSeeker).
Click here for more info. Applications close 3 September 2022.

Council Grants (BCC)

Council's Flood Relief Rebate ($250)
Brisbane City Council is supporting Brisbane property owners affected by the recent severe weather with a $250 rates rebate. Applicants for the flood-recovery package must be property owners as at 26 February 2022, where: Council’s records show that the property is located in an area where flood water has encroached within the boundaries of the land, or other evidence is provided by the ratepayer of significant inundation or rainfall damage.
Click here for more info. Applications close 15 June 2022.

Business and Community Groups Grants and Loans

CommBank Flood Relief Grants (Up to $10,000)
Grants of up to $10,000 are available to not-for-profit and community organisations directly impacted by the floods or directly supporting relief, recovery and resilience efforts.
Click here for more info. Application close 30 June 2022.

NAB Foundation Community Grants (Up to $10,000) 
Funding for projects that prepare for natural disasters, support long-term recovery and build resilience against future disasters.
Click here for more details. Applications open for Round 2, 2022.

Sports and Recreation Disaster Recovery Program - Level 1 ($5,000)
Up to $5,000 in funding to assist in immediate clean-up efforts, including: replacement of damaged equipment that directly relates to the re-establishment of activities (including office and canteen equipment); payment of services and hire costs, and purchase of equipment and tools that assist in short term clean-up of facilities; reimbursement for the purchase of the above made from the date of the relevant disaster; funds for repairs and replacements when this amount is lower than the premium excess set by the insurance provider; excess coverage for insurance claims.
Click here for more info. No closing date announced.

Community Facility Disaster Relief ($5,000)
Council will provide a $5000 payment to not-for-profit community organisations who are operating from or located within a Council leased or licensed community facility that have been impacted by the recent severe weather event. As part of the Community Facility Disaster Relief Payment program, the one-off payment will provide immediate support to impacted community organisations to make their facilities safe, clean-up, conduct minor repairs and return to operations.
Click here for more info. No closing date announced.

QRIDA Disaster Assistance (Essential Working Capital) Loans (Up to $100,000)
Concessional loans are provided to assist you with essential working capital for expenses such as: paying salaries or wages, paying creditors, paying rent or rates, buying goods, including, for example, fuel essential to carry-on the small business.
Click here for more info. Applications close 31 December 2023.

QRIDA Disaster Assistance Loans (Up to $250,000)
Concessional loans are provided to assist you to re-establish the normal operations of your small business by covering costs such as: repairing or replacing damaged plant and equipment, repairing or replacing buildings, supplying stock for up to one month to replace lost stock and maintain liquidity of the business, and meeting carry-on requirements including: sustenance, paying rent and rates.
Click here for more info. Applications close 31 December 2023.

QRIDA Extraordinary Disaster Assistance Recovery Grants (Up to $50,000)
Grants of up to $50,000 are available for affected small businesses following the South East Queensland Rainfall and Flooding to hire or purchase equipment and materials, clean up, remove debris, replace or repair damaged infrastructure and stock and other costs associated with the recovery process. 
Click here for more info. Applications close 5 December 2022.