Drought Relief Assistance Scheme

Up to $20,000 is available to help primary producers restore and manage resources during and after drought.

Drought Relief Assistance Scheme


The 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. DRAS is administered by primary industries officers in the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries in Brisbane.

DRAS provides freight subsidies on the transport of fodder and water during the drought and the transport of animals returning from Agistment and animals purchased for restocking after the drought. DRAS now also provides a rebate on water infrastructure purchased for emergency animal welfare needs.



DRAS provides up to a maximum $20,000 per property per financial year on all freight subsidy and rebate types. This may be exceeded to $30,000 on approval of your property’s drought management plan, by DAF Extension staff. Properties with a drought management plan entering their third and subsequent year of being drought declared are able to obtain a maximum of $40,000 in assistance per financial year.


Eligible Projects

Under DRAS, five types of assistance are available to eligible primary producers.

These subsidies are for the transport of:

  • Transport of fodder freight subsidy
  • Transport of water for livestock freight subsidy
  • Transport of livestock returning from agistment freight subsidy
  • Transport of animals purchased for restocking after the drought, freight subsidy
  • Emergency Water Infrastructure Rebate

You could be eligible for financial assistance for any or all of these. There are special conditions for each type of assistance.


Eligible Applicants

You may be eligible for DRAS assistance if:

  • you are a property owner, share-farmer or lessee in the grazing industry (horses, beef or dairy cattle, sheep, goats or deer), and
  • your property is within a drought-declared area or has a current individually droughted property (IDP) declaration.

DRAS assistance is not available to hobby farmers.



Application is on an ongoing basis.


More Information

  • Source
  • DRAS Application Guidelines
  • DRAS Drought Management Plan

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