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Natural Disaster Recovery

Natural Disaster Recovery

Feeling overwhelmed?

This is a very tough time and it’s understandable if you are experiencing stress and anxiety as a result of the coronavirus outbreak and the impact it has had on your business.

It’s really important to look after yourself right now. Regular exercise, a healthy diet and getting enough sleep is a good start, but sometimes you need more support.

The good news is there is help available if you need it.

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It’s OK to not be OK

We know that small businesses are under enormous pressure in this rapidly changing environment.

If you aren’t sleeping, struggling to concentrate or are seeing other signs of anxiety or depression, Beyond Blue has a dedicated COVID-19 Mental Health Support Service including online resources.

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Struggling to cope?

Feelings of anxiety are a natural response to a period of uncertainty, like what we are experiencing now in this global pandemic.

It’s really important to be conscious of how you are feeling and to take care of yourself because your business depends on it.

This can be as simple as soaking up some sunshine in your backyard. Beyond Blue has developed good advice for coping amid COVID-19 with a dedicated Mental Health Support Service including online resources.

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Take this 5-min check-up

If you feel like you’ve got the weight of the world on your shoulders, this 5 minute check-up developed by Ahead for Business can give you the tools you need to manage your stress levels.

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This is really tough, right?

At times, you may need help from professionals to work through concerns you have, whether they relate to anxiety you may be experiencing due to COVID-19 or the impact this health crisis is having on your business.

Beyond Blue has a dedicated COVID-19 Mental Health Support Service including online resources.

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Trouble sleeping?

We are living through extraordinary times and sole traders are facing huge challenges.

If you’re struggling to sleep, that can be an indicator that some of the worries you have are getting on top of you. Your business needs you, so seek some help if you need it.

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Bushfires

The recent Australian bushfires have had devastating effects on small and family businesses across the country. If you live or operate your business in a fire-affected area, 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 2019-20

ASIC bushfire relief

Mental health help

Drought

Financial assistance is provided directly to the states through the governments Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA).

Find assistance in your state or territory

The ATO is offering support to drought affected small businesses and can waive interest charged, set up payment plans with interest free periods and give you more time to pay. Visit the ATO website or call 1800 806 218 to discuss how they might be able to help.

Tax support for drought-affected businesses

Farmers and rural communities deal with a range of on and off-farm challenges, including drought. The Department of Agriculture’s list of resources can help you take immediate action, plan for long-term resilience, and other support for the wider communities affected.

Find support to deal with the problems of right now, plus prepare for the future