The Household Resilience Program provides 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).
If you think you're eligiable, please feel free to fill out our form to find out more.
Tropical cyclones produce severe winds that can impact houses with extreme force. Wind pushing on the external walls applies high volumes of pressure to the roof that can result in a home lifting off its foundations.
If a window or door is broken, severe winds can enter the house and potentially put more pressure on the roof structure. This may result in the roof becoming weakened or completely removed from the building. To increase the strength of the overall structure of the home and its resilience to severe winds, retrofitting to the original frame and/or upgrading the fittings may be necessary to increase the home’s resistance to the changing pressures during a cyclone.
Retrofitting is when building improvements are carried out on older structures such as homes that were originally built to a standard that is now out-of-date.
Some houses in coastal parts of Queensland built before the early-1980s may not have been built to withstand cyclonic winds.
Upgrading (retrofitting) the roof structure, protecting the windows, strengthening the doors, and ensuring the house is well maintained are all ways to improve the strength of these homes.
As a result of building improvements undertaken by home owners as part of the Household Resilience Program, homes may become more resilient to severe winds produced by cyclones.