Water fee waivers support drought and disaster recover

27 May 2021

More than 18,000 Queensland businesses affected by natural disasters have had their annual water licence fees waived to help them get back on their feet.

Approximately $1.5 million in water licence fees have been waived for the 2020-21 financial year in drought and disaster declared areas.

We’re assisting 1,000 agricultural businesses rebuild after ex-Tropical Cyclone Niran, by waiving around $90,000 in water licence fees across the affected region for the 2021-22 water year.

From 1 March 2021, more than 17,000 businesses in drought-declared parts of the State will also have their annual water licence fees waived in the 2021-22 financial year.

With another 70 stock or domestic licence applications included in the fee waivers, we’re covering approximately $1.4 million to assist in Queensland’s drought recovery.

The drought continues to have a serious impact on our state’s agricultural producers and Queensland’s regional development and the Queensland Government will continue to support the industry to survive and thrive.

This support is in addition to the already announced discounts for irrigators across Queensland.

Affected water licence holders will be notified of fee waivers with a letter at the time they would ordinarily receive their water licence fee invoice.


Last updated: 27 May 2021