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More primary producers eligible for bushfire assistance 

The Australian Government is extending the timeframe to 31 December 2020 for primary producers to apply for primary producer recovery grants of up to $75,000. The decision to extend application timeframes recognises that some primary producers have experienced drought, bushfires and now COVID-19, and need more time to make a claim. The Australian Government is also expanding grant eligibility for primary producers to ensure assistance is available to those most in need, the key eligibility changes include:

  • adjusted off-farm income threshold making it easier to be eligible.
  • allowing extra time for applicants to reach the 50% income threshold in recognition of long lead times required by some sectors to reach full production.
  • applicants are no longer required to be registered for GST but must still hold an ABN.
  • businesses earning more than 50% of their income from a combination of primary production and goods made directly from that produce will now be eligible for assistance.

The eligibility changes will come into effect shortly and will be in place until  31 December 2020.

You can apply for the primary producer grants through your state government:

If you have previously applied for a primary producer grant and was unsuccessful, you may now be eligible under the changed criteria, you do not need to reapply. You will be contacted by the agencies administering the grants.

Extension to small businesses

The Australian Government have extended the timeframes for bushfire recovery grants and loans for small businesses up to 31 December 2020. This includes applications for $10,000 and $50,000 grants and concessional loans of up to $500,000. These changes mean more small businesses will be able to cover the costs associated with recovery following the bushfires. 

Small business grant

You can apply for a small business grant through your state government:

Concessional loan

You apply for a concessional loan through your state government:

$650 million in new bushfire support to boost

The Australian Government has announced $650 million in new bushfire support to boost locally-led recovery and assist the communities with the greatest needs.Working together with all levels of government the extra funding will be made available across highly bushfire impacted communities to accelerate key recovery projects and initiatives. You can learn more about the $650 million bushfire recovery package on the National Bushfire Recovery Agency.

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:

Read about the Australian Government's recovery assistance for small business.

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.

Grants for small businesses

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.

Learn more about the emergency response grants for Indigenous corporations.

State and territory grants and programs

Find a list of Australian Capital Territory grants and programs to help your business recover.

Find a list of New South Wales grants and programs to help your business recover.

Find a list of Queensland grants and programs to help your business recover.

Find a list of South Australian grants and programs to help your business recover.

Find a list of Tasmanian grants and programs to help your business recover.

Find a list of Victorian grants and programs to help your business recover.

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.

Advisory services


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

Check for advisory services near you.

Get help from business advisers to support your recovery from the bushfires.

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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.

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