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11 March 2020

The help available for bushfire affected small businesses has been boosted.

A new $10,000 grant for small business is now available. The grant is for small businesses in selected fire-affected Local Government Areas, as determined by state governments. 

Eligibility

To receive the grant, your revenue must have dropped by 40 per cent over a three-month period, compared to the previous year, as a result of the bushfires. You can be directly or indirectly affected by the bushfires.

The money can be spent on expenses such as salaries, wages, utilities, fuel and/or financial advice.

Applying

You can apply through your state government by calling your state hotline:

Applications open the week commencing 16 March 2020.

Help applying for grants

You can get help filling in application forms for bushfire support from the team in our Recovery Centres.

Find the nearest Recovery Centre in your state:

Government financial help


Urgent financial assistance from the government is available to bushfire affected communities. You can find information on the types of assistance available on the Disaster Assist website. Check the website regularly – it's updated as disasters unfold.

You can also check state government websites for information:

Small business recovery grants and loans


To help small businesses recover, the Australian and state governments are providing the following assistance:

  • grants for small businesses of up to $10,000 for eligible small businesses in selected fire-affected Local Government Areas
  • recovery grants of up to $50,000 for eligible small businesses and non-profit organisations 
  • concessional loans of up to $500,000 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.

Recovery grants

Concessional loans

Indigenous corporation grants


Indigenous corporations with bushfire damaged property will be able to apply for a grant of up to $20,000 to help secure and clean up their property.

A grant will also be available to assist Indigenous land management groups and contractors helping recovery efforts with much needed equipment.

Support for existing government program participants


If you are an existing government program grantee and have been impacted by the bushfires, you may be eligible to seek additional time to meet your reporting obligations or to complete your project.

Please contact your Customer Service Manager or one of the agents at our Contact Centre to discuss how we can assist.

If you are an existing claimant of the R&D Tax Incentive and have been impacted by the bushfires, please contact your case manager to discuss how we may be able to assist with your R&D Tax Incentive claims.

Business recovery events


Events are being held in some regions to provide information and support for bushfire affected businesses.

Advisory services


Free bushfire recovery centres and business advisers can help you get the support and advice you need to recover your business.

Contact us

Business support

Get in touch with our Contact Centre agents for support and information. We're available from 8am to 8pm across Australia, Monday to Friday.

Feedback

If you think we're missing relevant government information, please let us know so we can improve our information for bushfire affected businesses.