Did you know the Queensland Government are currently issuing grants to help you better cyclone proof your home?
The Household Resilience Program (HRP) is providing funding to help eligible home owners improve the resilience of their homes against cyclones.
Eligible home owners can apply to receive a Queensland Government grant of 75% of the cost of improvements (up to a maximum of $11,250 including GST).
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There is a 2 stage eligibility process.
For the first stage, you need to meet the following criteria to be eligible to apply. You:
• Live in a recognised cyclone risk area (in the area from Bundaberg to the Queensland/Northern Territory border within 50km of the coast)
• Own or be the mortgagor of a house built before 1984
• Live in the home (it’s your primary place of residence)
• Meet the income eligibility requirements.
It will take approximately 1-2 weeks after the Government receive your application for their Household Resilience Program (HRP) team to assess your eligibility and confirm the outcome.
In the second stage, you will need to provide itemised and quantified quotes for upgrades to be performed on your home that total $3,300 or more. This is where Integrabuild can assist you. We will provide itemised detailed quotes in the format the Government require helping to speed up your application process.
After you have submitted the information for this part of the process, it will take approximately 1 month for theire HRP team to assess the costs for the proposed work, inspect your property and advise you of the outcome.
Approved grants are restricted to 1 per household and funding for the Household Resilience Program is limited.
1. Income test
To be eligible for the grant, weekly income must be less than:
• $970 for an individual ($50,489 per year)
• $1,342 for a couple ($69,804 per year)
• $1,343 for a sole parent with one child ($69,852 per year)
• $1,664 for a couple with one child ($86,552 per year)
The following weekly allowances also apply:
• $322 for each additional dependent child ($16,748 per year)
• $371 for each additional dependent adult ($19,315 per year)
2. Your co-contribution
Approved applicants will be required to make a minimum 25% co-contribution towards the approved program works undertaken and may be able to arrange a loan to fund all or part of this co-contribution.
No Interest Loan Scheme (NILS)
No interest loans up to $1,500 are available from 178 community organisations at 628 locations across Australia. Find out more about the No Interest Loan Scheme
StepUP loans enable the applicant to borrow between $800 – $3000 and the loans are repaid over 3 years. Find out more about StepUP
You can apply to make specific improvements covered under the program, including:
• roof replacement
• roof structure tie-down upgrades using an external over-batten system
• replacement of garage doors and frames
• window protection including cyclone shutters or screens
• tie downs of external structures (e.g. sheds)
• replacement of external hollow core doors with solid core external grade doors.
You must use a local QBCC licensed contractor. As a Government approved QBCC licensed contractor Integrabuild is here to help guide you through the application process, then quote and complete the works for you in a cost effective and timely manner.
Please contact us today to find out more information.
You nominate the types of improvement works you wish to undertake on your home from the improvement options covered by the program.
The Queensland Governments’ Household Resilience Program (HRP) assessors will review the quote you have obtained from Integrabuild.
This review will form the basis of the grant allocation which will be 75% of the estimated costs, to a maximum of $11,250 including GST, that will be paid directly to the contractor upon completion of the work on your property.
You will need to pay your contractor for the remaining balance of the outstanding costs for the work that are not covered by the grant.
Check that you meet the eligibility criteria and that the improvements you want to make are covered by the program.
The application process involves two main steps:
1: Demonstrate that you are eligible
2: Obtain and submit your quote from Integrabuild which is then validated by a government inspector then approved by our grants team.
If the application and on-site assessment meet the criteria of the program, your application for a grant will be approved and we will contact you by email.
If your application is approved, you will enter into a QBCC approved building contract with Integrabuild for the quoted works.
Before works commence, we will provide you with evidence of our QBCC Home Warranty Insurance. We will also require an initial deposit of no more than 10% of the quoted price for the works to start.
While works are underway, we will work directly with you to coordinate all works including site safety, protection of property.
On completion of the work and before any remaining payments are made by any party, we will provide you the following documentation. When you receive these documents from us you will need to submit them to the Household Resilience Program grants team:
• Evidence of QBCC Home Warranty Insurance (taken out by the contractor)
• Form 15 for design compliance provided by engineer or supplier of proprietary products (e.g. cyclone shutters)
• Form 16 for the installation of proprietary items or Form 21 for certification of structural works
• Copy of contractor’s invoice.
When the above items have been provided, an assessor will carry out an inspection of the works and our HRP team will arrange for the grant funding to be released to Integrabuild. You will also be required to pay the balance of your co-contribution to us once you are satisfied that the work has been completed in full.
Contact your home insurer to find out if undertaking any of these building upgrades covered under the program will qualify you for a reduction of your home insurance premium.
Integrabuild are here to help guide you through the application process and complete all the necessary quotes and works required to meet the Queensland Governments requirements.
If you have any questions pertaining to the application:
Let the Integrabuild team help to make your home more cyclone resilient today.