We know times are very hard for much of our country at the moment and that includes many small businesses around Australia. These businesses employ locals, contribute to the economy and in many instances, rely on the income for living day-to-day and supporting their families. We are deeply saddened for all loss brought about by the bush fires and are doing what we can to ease the burden of our customers in fire affected areas.
If you are a business that has been impacted by the bush fires here are a few things which may be of help:
Australian Tax Office
The ATO are automatically granting deferrals for lodgments and payments due, to specific postcodes which have been affected by the bush fire. View the details here.
Australian Securities and Investments Commission
ASIC are offering assistance to businesses that are facing disruption or severe hardship due to the bush fires, including reviewing fees and considering payment options. More info here.
Australian Government Disaster Recovery Funding
The Australian Government Disaster Recovery Payment is a one-time payment up to $1,000 for eligible adults and $400 for eligible children, for those who have been affected by the bush fires. Visit here for more information and to claim.
Disaster Recovery Grants (NSW)
If your business has been affected by bush fire you may be eligible for Disaster Recovery Grants in the State of NSW. Grants of up to $15,000 are available to primary producers, small businesses and not-for-profit organisations in Local Government Areas affected by the NSW bushfires. For more information on eligibility visit here.
Natural Disaster Relief Loans
The Natural Disaster Relief Scheme assists Small Businesses directly affected by a declared natural disaster. Small businesses who have been directly affected may be eligible for low interest loans of up to $130,000. Visit here for more info.
Check in with your business insurance provider to see if you are covered for your loss or loss of profit. If you have general insurance enquiries you can contact the Insurance Council of Australia.
Health and Wellbeing
Please ensure that your mental health and wellbeing and that of those around you remains a priority throughout this challenging time. If you’re feeling distressed, anxious or overwhelmed, please seek professional support.
Free telephone support is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week from:
- Lifeline 13 11 14
- Beyond Blue 1300 224 636