04 June 2019

Dam desilting rebate now available!

Does your dam need desilting? Did you know, the Queensland Government Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF) now provides a rebate of up to 25 per cent of the contractor’s cost to desilt your dam? The Dam Desilting Rebate is available to those of you on drought declared properties, up to a maximum of $25,000 per Property Identification Code (PIC), per financial year, ending 30 June 2021.

Before paying for the eligible dam desilting activities, producers must provide an Australian Dam Desilting Statement (DDS) that includes photos of the dam, a map of your property and a quote for undertaking the dam desilting. This statement must then be endorsed by a DAF officer who will outline the cost that will be considered for rebate.

These claims can also be backdated to 1 July 2018. If you undertook dam desilting between 1 July 2018 and 6 April 2019 when the scheme started, you do not need to have the pre-approved DDS mentioned above. You can lodge both your DDS and application form with the DAF directly.

For a full listing of the guidelines, as well as access to the Dam Desilting Statement and application form visit https://www.daf.qld.gov.au/business-priorities/agriculture/disaster-recovery/drought/assistance-programs/australian-dam-desilting-rebate.

This forms part of the Australian Government’s On-Farm Emergency Water Infrastructure Rebate. A maximum of $25,000 can be accessed through this rebate.

Other grants and subsidies available

Don’t forget, there are also many other grants and subsidies available:

Grants & SubsidiesGrants & Subsidies
Queensland Government – Drought Relief Assistance Scheme (DRAS) freight subsidies and water infrastructure rebate

 Under this scheme there are 3 assistance measures available while a property is drought declared, and 2 once the declaration is revoked.

Drought declared properties:

–          Freight subsidies for transporting fodder

–          Freight subsidies for transporting water

–          The Emergency Water Infrastructure Rebate – rebate on the purchase and installation of water infrastructure

Properties coming out of drought conditions:

–          Freight subsidies for transporting livestock returning from agistment

–          Freight subsidies for transporting livestock purchased for restocking




QRIDA – Disaster Recovery Program low interest loans



Queensland Government – Farm Management Grants

 Aids to offset the professional advice costs for succession planning, up to $2,500 per financial year. The rebate is up to 50% of the amount paid for professional succession advice.



Australian Government – Farm Household Allowance

If you are a farmer or partner of a farmer who meets the income and assets test and other eligibility criteria, you may be entitled to receive 1 or 2 lump sum payments from the government of up to $7,000 for single farmers, or $12,000 for farming families.



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