It has been a heartbreaking few weeks watching the damage caused by the recent/ongoing bushfires. Our thoughts have been with you and all those affected.
The BEC is here to help businesses in these fire affected areas get back on their feet. We have eight advisors situated in the Riverina and Murray ready to travel and offer assistance in any way they can.
The NSW Small Business Commissioner is collecting data about the impacts of bushfires on small businesses across NSW. This will help inform the recovery response. If the fires have impacted your business, please click here to complete the survey.
Below we have included several links for both small businesses and farmers with regards to grants and funding that are readily available if you are located in a disaster-declared local government area.
Please call us on (02) 6024 0400 or email Joy Barlow firstname.lastname@example.org who will direct your query for further assistance, clarification or immediate help.
Helpful links for NSW businesses and people affected by the recent fires
Disaster Recovery Allowance – Support for people who can show they lost income as a direct result of the bushfires in New South Wales in August 2019 through to January 2020 (conditions apply)
Australian Government Disaster Recovery Payment – If eligible you can get $1000 per adult and $400 per child younger than 16.
Disaster Relief Loans – Small businesses and primary producers who have been directly affected by the fires, may be eligible for low interest loans of up to $130,000.
The ATO has identified impacted postcodes and automatically granted deferrals for lodgements and payments due. If a business has been affected by this disaster and needs assistance, or the business is affected but is outside the listed postcodes, they can call the ATO Emergency Support Infoline on 1800 806 218.
Service NSW – Free Replacement of License and Permits
NSW emergency information and response website
Commercial Refrigerator Rebates – Eligible small businesses can get a NSW government rebate for new plug-in commercial fridges and freezers.
Red Cross – emergency grants if you have lost your primary place of residence.
Helpful links for farmers
Fire affected landholders in NSW requiring emergency fodder please call the Agricultural and Animal Services Hotline 1800 814 647.
FarmHub – Bushfire assistance key contacts
If you or someone you know needs support, these services are available 24/7.
Mental Health Line – 1800 011 511
Lifeline – 13 11 14
Mensline – 1300 789 978
Kids Helpline – 1800 55 1800
Beyondblue – 1300 22 4636