Bushfire Relief Information For Small Businesses

Government help and support

The impact of the bushfire crisis has had a devastating effect on local communities, small businesses and their employees. To help businesses get the help and support they need we have summarised the following Government information to help share with family and friends who have been affected. (updated 3rd February 2020)

For more detailed information please visit: www.business.gov.au/news/bushfire-support

Bushfire Relief Information for Recovery grants and loans


Bushfire Relief Information for financial help


Bushfire Relief Information for Business grants and programs


Bushfire Relief Information for Tax support


Bushfire Relief Information for Mental health and wellbeing support


Recovery grants and loans

Grants: recovery grants of up to $50,000 (tax free) for eligible small businesses and non-profit organisations
Loans: concessional loans of up to $500,000 (low interest) for eligible small businesses (including primary producers) and non-profit organisations

For eligibility information and the application process, check your state government website below. Not all states have full details available yet, but they’re coming soon.

It should also be noted that sole traders and small business operators can apply for a disaster recovery allowance from Centrelink.

Financial help

If you’re struggling financially after the bushfires, you can contact the National Debt Helpline on 1800 007 007 to speak to a free financial counsellor.

Small business financial support line

The Government will establish a dedicated, single contact point for small businesses to have access to the information that they need, when they need it.

The Support Line, which will be staffed by trained financial counsellors, will provide information on the assistance and support available to small businesses in bushfire affected regions.

While the specialist Support Line is being established, businesses can visit www.business.gov.au or call 13 28 46.

Paying bills

If you’re having trouble paying bills, such as your energy bill or bank payments, you should contact your retailer. Some organisations are offering help including freezes on bills and payment extensions.

Business grants and programs

You may be eligible for other grants and assistance programs to help your business recover from the bushfires.

Find a list of grants and programs to help your business recover – Click here to view Grants and Programs

Tax support

The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) is providing support to businesses impacted by the fires, such as giving extra time to pay or lodge tax forms and fast tracking any refunds owing to you.

If you’ve been impacted by the bushfires, your business now has until 28 May 2020 to lodge, and make any payments for, your business activity statements and income tax returns.

Mental health and wellbeing support

If your business has been severely impacted by the bushfires, it is critical to give yourself the emotional support you need to process your circumstances. If you’re looking for mental health support, your General Practitioner can refer you to appropriate services in your area.

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