Cobraball Fires 2019

  1. Grants & Assistance
  2. Replacing & Rebuilding
  3. Fact Sheets

The Department of Communities, Disability Services and Seniors works closely with a range of organisations to provide community recovery services during a declared disaster. Emergency hardship assistance grants may be available to support people directly impacted by a disaster to meet their immediate essential needs for food, clothing, medical supplies or temporary accommodation.

Affected community members may be able to apply for the following subject to meeting eligibility requirements:

  • Emergency hardship assistance
  • Essential household contents grant
  • Structural assistance grant
  • Essential services safety and reconnection scheme.

For information on Personal Hardship Assistance, contact the Community Recovery Hotline 1800 173 349 or visit

Information on disaster assistance can be found on the Australian Government’s Disaster Assist 
website at and the Queensland Government’s Disaster Management website at

The Australian Red Cross also has financial assistance available to help those impacted by the bushfires.

Grants are open until April 30, 2020. Click here for more information.

Housing Help

If you are a Queenslander affected by the recent bushfires, you may be eligible for housing help, whether you're a home owner or renter. If you need urgent housing assistance after a disaster please phone 13 QGOV (13 74 68) or visit For more information on housing assistance after a disaster;

Are you over 66 or do you have a disability?

If you are over 60 years of age or of any age with a disability, subsidised assistance 
may be available for minor repairs, maintenance and modifications related to health, safety and security. 

For more information;

​Are you a small business affected by the recent bushfires?

We will be reaching out to small businesses affected by bushfires to 
provide support and assistance as soon as it is safe to do so. Complete our online survey to help us understand the impact of bushfire on your business and assess what support you need. Contact us on 1300 654 687 if you'd like to talk about small business recovery.