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Supporting businesses affected by bushfires

If your business has been impacted by bushfires, there is help available.

The business.gov.au website contains the latest updates on assistance including the grants and programs being delivered by state governments, state and territory emergency information, support for primary producers, and help with your employer responsibilities, finances, insurance claims, tax and more.

FIND ASSISTANCE IN YOUR STATE OR TERRITORY

The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) and the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) also provide relief for your statutory requirements.

TAX SUPPORT FOR BUSHFIRE-AFFECTED BUSINESSES

ASIC BUSHFIRE RELIEF

MENTAL HEALTH HELP

Bushfires - Help

If your business has been impacted by bushfires, it is important that you seek advice as soon as possible from your small business advisor, the financial counselling services, your accountant or bookkeeper.

IMMEDIATE HELP

Want to get back to business?

This Open for Business Checklist includes important steps to take to get your business back up and running.

What do you need to pack if you need to evacuate your business?

Preparation is key. This Grab and Go Checklist includes a list of suggested items to keep in a secure location which will help you during and after an emergency.

How can you best support your staff?

If you need to temporarily close, you may be able to stand down staff in some circumstances. Detailed information can be found on the Fair Work Ombudsman website.

Need to lodge an insurance claim?

If you know your insurer, work directly with them. If you have lost your records call the Insurance Council of Australia (ICA).

Problems with your insurer or repairer?

The Insurance Law Service provides free legal advice and support. If you find yourself in dispute with your insurer or repairer, you can call ASBFEO on 1300 650 460 or AFCA on 1800 931 678.

What support is available for farmers?

The National Farmers' Federation’s FarmHub is a one-stop shop for details on assistance with fodder, water, transport, everyday living expenses, health and more. Bushfire assistance contacts and resources are regularly updated.

Need financial counselling?

The Small Business Bushfire Financial Counselling Support Line is a free, independent service that can advice on grants, debts, renegotiating repayment arrangements and more. You can call the Support Line on 1800 413 828.

MID TERM

Is your next BAS due?

If your business is impacted by bushfires, the ATO can defer your business activity statement (BAS) lodgement and payments. Contact the ATO to find out how they can help.

Are you eligible for a government allowance/payment?

Service Australia provides assistance to people affected by bushfires in disaster declared areas. Visit the Services Australia website to find out if you're eligible for a disaster recovery support.

How can you maintain the wellbeing of you and your family?

We understand this time can be extremely stressful. Beyond Blue’s bushfires and mental health web page contains practical advice about dealing with the emotional impact of bushfire, information about the signs and symptoms of emotional distress, tips for supporting children and young people, and links to useful resources.

LONG TERM

Where else can you find relevant business information?

Information on what the federal government is doing to help individuals, businesses, communities and local governments recover from the bushfires, including disaster recovery payments, can be found on the DisasterAssist website.

What about the wellbeing of your business?

Many small business owners directly or indirectly impacted by the bushfires will be eager to get back on their feet, so keeping on top of the business basics and maintaining mental wellbeing is paramount. The ASBFEO's My Business Health portal provides links and resources to help support small business owners experiencing mental health issues as a result of day-to-day concerns about their business.

Bushfires - Help

If your business has been impacted by bushfires, it is important that you seek advice as soon as possible from your small business advisor, the financial counselling services, your accountant or bookkeeper.

IMMEDIATE HELP

Want to get back to business?

This Open for Business Checklist includes important steps to take to get your business back up and running.

What do you need to pack if you need to evacuate your business?

Preparation is key. This Grab and Go Checklist includes a list of suggested items to keep in a secure location which will help you during and after an emergency.

How can you best support your staff?

If you need to temporarily close, you may be able to stand down staff in some circumstances. Detailed information can be found on the Fair Work Ombudsman website.

Need to lodge an insurance claim?

If you know your insurer, work directly with them. If you have lost your records call the Insurance Council of Australia (ICA).

Problems with your insurer or repairer?

The Insurance Law Service provides free legal advice and support. If you find yourself in dispute with your insurer or repairer, you can call ASBFEO on 1300 650 460 or AFCA on 1800 931 678.

What support is available for farmers?

The National Farmers' Federation’s FarmHub is a one-stop shop for details on assistance with fodder, water, transport, everyday living expenses, health and more. Bushfire assistance contacts and resources are regularly updated.

Need financial counselling?

The Small Business Bushfire Financial Counselling Support Line is a free, independent service that can advice on grants, debts, renegotiating repayment arrangements and more. You can call the Support Line on 1800 413 828.

MID TERM

Is your next BAS due?

If your business is impacted by bushfires, the ATO can defer your business activity statement (BAS) lodgement and payments. Contact the ATO to find out how they can help.

Are you eligible for a government allowance/payment?

Service Australia provides assistance to people affected by bushfires in disaster declared areas. Visit the Services Australia website to find out if you're eligible for a disaster recovery support.

How can you maintain the wellbeing of you and your family?

We understand this time can be extremely stressful. Beyond Blue’s bushfires and mental health web page contains practical advice about dealing with the emotional impact of bushfire, information about the signs and symptoms of emotional distress, tips for supporting children and young people, and links to useful resources.

LONG TERM

Where else can you find relevant business information?

Information on what the federal government is doing to help individuals, businesses, communities and local governments recover from the bushfires, including disaster recovery payments, can be found on the DisasterAssist website.

What about the wellbeing of your business?

Many small business owners directly or indirectly impacted by the bushfires will be eager to get back on their feet, so keeping on top of the business basics and maintaining mental wellbeing is paramount. The ASBFEO's My Business Health portal provides links and resources to help support small business owners experiencing mental health issues as a result of day-to-day concerns about their business.