Drought Relief Assistance Scheme (DRAS) freight subsidies and water infrastructure rebate

The Drought Relief Assistance Scheme (DRAS) is offered by the Queensland Government and administered by the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF).

The purpose of the scheme is to help primary producers with drought-declared properties to:

  • manage the welfare of their core breeding herd during drought

  • restore their herds after drought.

Types of assistance available

DRAS provides 3 assistance measures while an area or property is drought declared, and 2 assistance measures after the drought declaration is revoked.

Producers with a property that is currently drought declared may be eligible for:

  • freight subsidies for transporting fodder

  • freight subsidies for transporting water

  • the Emergency Water Infrastructure Rebate (EWIR), which provides a rebate on the purchase and installation of water infrastructure installed for emergency animal welfare needs.

Producers with a property that has had its drought declaration revoked may be eligible for:

  • freight subsidies for transporting livestock returning from agistment

  • freight subsidies for transporting livestock purchased for restocking.

For help understanding the eligibility criteria for DRAS and to apply for DRAS contact us today.

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