Strengthening Business

Strengthening Business provides access to experts who'll work with you to make your business stronger, more resilient and better prepared for the future. They'll work with you to develop a roadmap, and strengthen your business systems, operations and strategies. Additionally they'll connect you to services you need to achieve your business goals.

Close date: 31 Mar 2022 05:00 PM AEDT.

What do you get?

Access to a local, independent business expert, who'll develop a roadmap to strengthen and grow your business.

Who is this for?

Businesses impacted by the 2019-20 Black Summer bushfires in one of 32 identified local government areas in NSW, SA and VIC.

How long is this service for?

You'll get assistance for your business for as long as you need support, through to the closure of the service in 30 June 2022.


The Strengthening Business service from the Entrepreneurs' Programme will help your business recover from the effects of the 2019-20 bushfires.

At no cost to you, you'll have access to a dedicated facilitator who:

  • is a local, independent expert
  • understands your region
  • can advise on what it takes to run a successful business in your region

They'll work with you to develop a roadmap to navigate the challenges and opportunities your business now faces in the community. You'll get a documented plan with strategies and goals to achieve in the immediate, medium and long-term.

To help achieve these goals they can offer access to:

  • extensive networks
  • national information
  • resources
  • strategies
  • specialists unique to your business needs

Your facilitator will also be able to provide information about possible funding to help with your recovery.

With this help from your facilitator your business will be stronger, more resilient and better prepared for the future.


What are the eligibility criteria?

To be eligible for our service you must:

  • be a bushfire affected small business
  • be located in one of the bushfire-affected LGAs in New South Wales, South Australia and Victoria
  • have a current Australian business number (ABN)

You must also have been engaged in carrying on your business at the time of the bushfire, which is defined differently by each of the 3 states: 

  • New South Wales is between August 2019 and February 2020
  • South Australia is between November 2019 and February 2020
  • Victoria is between November 2019 and February 2020

If you're not eligible, there may be other support. To find out what's available in your area, visit or contact your local Recovery Support Officer.


How do you apply?

Submit your application using our secure online portal. The portal allows you to submit and then manage your grant or service application.

To apply using the portal:

  1. First click 'Apply now' below.
  2. Once in the portal, you should select 'Sign In' in the top right.
  3. Then you can either sign in or create a new account to get started.

Apply for Strengthening Business now

You can start your application through our portal below but first you should make sure you: 

  • confirm your principle place of business is located in an eligible LGA
  • have evidence of business operations during the time of the bushfires defined by your state
  • are ready to work with your assigned facilitator

Need help?

  • Let us answer your question via phone, email or webchat. And if we can't help, we'll put you in touch with someone who can.

  • Monday – Friday, 8am – 8pm across Australia

Entrepreneurs’ Programme

The Strengthening Business service is part of the Entrepreneurs' Programme.

The program transforms Australian businesses with advice and grants. It aims to strengthen, grow, innovate and commercialise your business, both nationally and globally.

The Entrepreneurs’ Programme can help you:

  • rebuild your business and get your bushfire-affected business back on track
  • grow your business, improve your supply chain performance and improve your capability to trade and export in global markets
  • develop innovative solutions and connect with the research sector
  • commercialise your product, process or service into production and on the market
  • fund your incubators for Australian start-ups with an international focus

Transform your business with expert advice that money can’t buy, and financial support through access to grants.