We have heard feedback our $10,000 recovery grant for eligible small businesses hasn't flowed as fast as it should and has been too onerous to apply for.
Last week Minister for Emergency Management David Littleproud decided to expand the $10,000 recovery grant to include eligible small businesses that have experienced a 40 per cent drop in revenue as a result of the bushfires in the Port Macquarie-Hastings LGA and others.
Previously only businesses with direct damage were eligible.
The newly-launched Bushfire Affected Small Business Rebuild package simplifies access to assistance programs by cutting red tape.
We are supporting the states to roll out recovery programs and I have been assured there will be more staff available to assist with and process applications.
The key message is: If a business owner applied before but was unsuccessful, the application will be automatically reassessed.
For those small business owners who thought themselves ineligible previously or thought the process to onerous, think again and consider making an application now.
Kempsey LGA is also eligible for this package.
For more information or to apply call 13 77 88 or visit bushfirerecovery.gov.au/small-business
Economic plan delivered to help businesses impacted by coronavirus
Late last week the Australian government announced a $17.6 billion response to support businesses to manage cash flow challenges and help them retain their employees.
The plan aims to keep Australians in jobs, keep businesses in business and support households.
This package has four main elements and it is in addition to the $2.4 billion the government is investing directly in health measures to combat the virus, such as setting up dedicated respiratory clinics.
For more information on the package visit https://treasury.gov.au/coronavirus
I would encourage everyone to read the information on the Australian government's Department of Health website regarding coronavirus as well - visit health.gov.au.