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Drought declared areas
We are providing advice and assistance on a range of issues impacting Queenslanders in drought declared areas.
Drought situation reports are released regularly by the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries. These reports provide information about drought conditions in Queensland.
For general information about drought in Queensland, call 13-QGOV (13 74 68).
The Department of Agriculture and Fisheries offers the emergency water infrastructure rebate under the Drought Relief Assistance Scheme (DRAS). This rebate applies to the purchase and installation of water infrastructure such as pumps, bores and tanks.
Other requirements and approvals may apply before you can start taking water or constructing water infrastructure.
- Access to underground water for stock and domestic purposes
- Applying for a water licence
- Water bore construction standards
- Approvals for water infrastructure and related development.
Water fee relief
The widespread drought across the state is causing many landholders severe hardship. As part of the Queensland Government's drought assistance package, the department is waiving certain water fees in Local Government Areas which are drought declared.
Annual water license fees
Annual water licence fees from 1 July 2016 until 30 June 2017 will be waived. Affected landholders will be advised of the waiver by letter.
Annual water licence fee relief will be available in additional areas which become drought declared.
Application fees for a new water licence to take water for stock and domestic purposes
From 1 June 2015, the department is waiving all new water licence application fees for the take of stock and domestic water in all drought declared areas throughout Queensland.
Drought assistance land rent rebate
As part of the government's drought assistance package, landholders of rural leases (being Category 11 leases used for grazing and primary production) issued under the Land Act 1994 are eligible for a rebate of 11.5% of the annual rent where that annual payment is more than the minimum rent of $243.
The rebate is available to leases in drought-declared areas and Individually Droughted Properties.
Landholders who are eligible for the rebate will receive information with their annual or quarterly invoices.
Drought assistance land rent deferral
As a further hardship assistance measure, the payment date for all Category 11 drought declared invoices has been extended until 1 July 2017. No penalty interest will accrue on overdue balances during the 2016–17 financial year.