disaster impact

Severe Tropical Cyclone (STC) Debbie swamped remote, rural, coastal and urban areas from North Queensland to northern New South Wales, destroying homes and infrastructure. More than a week after STC Debbie crossed the coast, its destructive force was still being felt. However, Queensland has rebuilt before and the Palaszczuk Government is assisting Queenslanders to do it again.

Restoring essential public assets such as roads, bridges and other community infrastructure will cost the Queensland Government $1.1 billion before reimbursements from the Australian Government through the jointly-funded Commonwealth-State Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA). The loss to economic output due to STC Debbie is estimated to be more than $2 billion, or around ¾ percentage point of Gross State Product.

Operation Queensland Recovery

Operation Queensland Recovery is well advanced in helping Queenslanders get back on track faster, while building a safer and more resilient state.


More than 118,000 people as at 2 June 2017 have been assisted with close to $30 million distributed through the Personal Hardship Assistance Grants and Immediate Hardship Assistance Payments funded under the NDRRA.


A $14.7 million Community Recovery Fund has also been established under NDRRA and additional funding of $2 million has been provided for the Government’s ‘Go Local’ campaign to support the agricultural industry.

Following Severe Tropical Cyclone Debbie:


properties had power restored


Rapid Damage Assessments were conducted


schools reopened in time for the second term of the school year


insurance claims were submitted in Queensland and New South Wales, worth $905 million.

Last updated: 13 June 2017