Small Business Recovery Toolkit
The NSW Small Business Commission has developed a range of resources to help small business owners recover from disasters, including:
- Get back to business – a guide to recovering from disaster (PDF)
- Insurance claims for small business guide
- These complement the NSW Government’s Get Ready Business – five step guide to preparing for disasters (2018), which helps business owners prepare for disaster in five simple steps. (PDF)
Small business bushfire support web page
The NSW Small Business Commission have brought together all available support in a concise and easy to access mini-hub that lists and links you and your small businesses to the available support. Learn more about the support for small businesses impacted by NSW bushfires now.
NSW Local Procurement Pilot
Last year the NSW Small Business Commission launched a local procurement pilot to help support local businesses, councils and economies. Recently the Federal Government has instructed Insurance Companies to preference local trade businesses as part of rebuilding activities.
This is linked to the Commission’s work in looking to support businesses and communities by keeping the spending in local economies. Please consider sharing information on NSW Local Procurement Pilot with relevant contacts in your network. Learn more about the Local Procurement Pilot now.
NSW Business Chamber
As well as a dedicated information webpage, the NSW Business Chamber is offering employment law assistance to all bushfire affected employers on 13 29 59. For NSW business owners in bushfire affected areas who are experiencing unique issues and are uncertain about what action to take, contact their Business Hotline on 13 26 96 for additional support regarding practical or operational issues.
Rural Resilience Program
The Rural Resilience team works with primary producers across regional and remote NSW. They link farmers to services and initiatives, as well as help build personal and family resilience, an essential tool when dealing with the challenges of rural life and farm-based businesses.
Bushfire-affected communities rebuild portal
The NSW Government would like to hear from anyone that may have capability and capacity to provide goods and/or services in affected regions. We are establishing a supplier list that covers any goods or services; including those not currently available under our whole of government arrangements. It is an easy registration process containing some simple questions. Everyone is welcome to apply to be registered.
Small business bushfire support grant
If your small business has experienced a significant decline in revenue as a result of the NSW 2019-2020 bushfires (beginning in August 2019), and it’s located within a specified Local Government Area (LGA), you may be eligible for the $10,000 small business support grant.
Bushfire Recovery Victoria
A new permanent and dedicated agency – Bushfire Recovery Victoria – will work directly with local communities impacted by our state’s devastating bushfires:
Victorian Chamber of Commerce & Industry
The Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) in conjunction with the Victoria Tourism Industry Council (VTIC) has established a 12 month, $500,000 support package to assist businesses affected by the VIC bushfires. Services provided at no cost to businesses in a VIC natural disaster declared area include:
- Mental health support
- Access to local training and business mentoring
- Access to the VCCI Workplace Relations Advice Line
- VCCI and VTIC membership fee waiver for 12 months
For further information call VCCI on 03 8662 5333
The following links provide information regarding support activities for the various areas affected by bushfires:
Small Business Bushfire Recovery Grant
The South Australian Government has partnered with the Commonwealth Government to offer financial assistance under Disaster Recovery Arrangements to those impacted by bushfires in South Australia.
Primary Producer Bushfire Recovery Grant
$75,000 is available to eligible primary producers and farmers to help clean-up and repair damaged equipment and fencing. Find out more on the PIRSA website.
Financial assistance of up to $500,000 is available to support eligible business restore and replace assets and property that have been significantly damaged in the fires.
Canberra Business Chamber
The Canberra Business Chamber is offering businesses in impacted areas their members desk space to work from, free of charge by contacting the Chamber on 02 6247 4199.