Drought Assistance

There is assistance available to those who have been impacted by drought.

Please find some resources below that list programs offered by State and Federal Governments, as well as private enterprise.

State Government
Federal Government
AgForce Queensland website

Please also be aware that Council has a Financial Hardship Policy in place for ratepayers suffering hardship.

For more information on drought assistance contact Council on 4655 8400 or council@paroo.qld.gov.au

UPDATE: Australian Government Drought Community Support Initiative

On 26 October 2018, the Australian Government announced it would provide $30 million in much-needed support to drought-affected families through the Drought Community Support Initiative. This will provide up to $3,000 in assistance to at least 10,000 households in 81 Local Government Areas eligible under the Drought Communities Programme Extension.

The funding is now available for farmers, farmworkers and farm suppliers/contractors facing hardship due to drought. It can be used to spend in local communities or to cover urgent bills such as food, petrol and utilities. The $3,000 per household can consist of up to $2,000 in cash and $1,000 in vouchers.

Grants are available for community members and organisations to run events that provide social connectedness and wellbeing to the community, as well as providing access to support services within drought-affected areas.

This funding is provided by the Departments of Communities, Disability Services and Seniors (DCDSS) and there is $90,000 available every calendar year.

The DCDSS also provide another $30,000 that is distributed by Council as local vouchers to those in need.

Please find listed below Community Drought Application and Acquittal Forms:

Community Drought Support Application Package 2019

Community Drought Support Package 2019 - Acquittal Form

Community Drought Support Package 2019 Guidelines

Community Grants Procedure

GP-042A - Community Grants Procedure

For more information about the Community, Drought Support Program contact Toni-Lou Pender on 4655 8421 or toni.pender@paroo.qld.gov.au.

The Salvation Army, St Vincent de Paul Society and Rotary Australia World Community Service have been engaged to deliver the assistance. Eligible households should reach out to these organisations directly to seek financial support (details below).

The Salvation Army
24-hour hotline: 1300 551 030

St Vincent de Paul
Hotline: 13 18 12