Drought Relief Assistance Scheme QLD

At a glance


Provides Queensland drought affected farming businesses with subsidies and rebates of between $20,000 and $40,000 per property to manage transportation and operating costs.

Who can apply:

At a minimum, you must:

  • be a member of the grazing industry
  • have a property in a drought-declared area
  • operate in Queensland.

Other eligibility requirements may apply.

Deadline to apply:

Applications may be made at any time.



Drought Relief Assistance Scheme (DRAS) is a scheme set up by the Queensland Government to help primary producers in the grazing industries manage their livestock resource during drought and to help in the restoration of that resource after drought.

What support or funding is available?

Up to $20,000 per property per financial year is available.

For drought affected properties, the assistance includes:

  • freight subsidies to transport fodder
  • freight subsidies to transport water
  • the Emergency Water Infrastructure Rebate (EWIR) - for purchasing and installing water infrastructure for animal welfare needs.

If your property's drought decelaration is revoked, you can still be eligible for:

  • freight subsidies to transport livestock returning from agistment
  • freight subsidies to transport livestock that has been bought to restock.

The assistance amount may be increased to $30,000 if your property's drought management plan is approved by DAF Extension staff.

Properties in the third and later years of being drought declared can receive up to $40,000 in assistance per financial year.

Find out more at Drought Relief Assistance Scheme.

Who can apply?

Queensland property owners, share-farmers or lessees in the grazing industry (horses, beef or dairy cattle, sheep, goats or deer) with property either within a drought-declared area or with a current individually droughted property (IDP) declaration may apply.

What are the eligibility criteria?

Find out more about the eligibility criteria at Drought Relief Assistance Scheme guidelines and forms.

How do I apply?

Find out more about how to apply at Drought Relief Assistance Scheme guidelines and forms.

More information

For more information, and to apply:

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