CHAPS Payments

Many people and businesses in the horse and racing industry in Australia faced substantial costs and financial hardship as a direct result of the equine influenza quarantine measures which were put in place once AQIS realised that the virus had escaped.

The Commonwealth made available financial assistance to some eligible applicants via the Commercial Horse Assistance Payment Scheme (CHAPS). However, the Australian Horse Industry Council conducted a Follow-Up Impact Study in February 2008 which concluded that the compensatory payments only served to offset losses by 8.5% or less.

Anyone who has received a CHAPS payment is still eligible to participate in this class action.