Know someone who’s lost their home, their job or their business because of the fires? There is a range of financial assistance services available, including…
Financial Aid: check for Australian Government Financial Assistance. Disaster Recovery Payments for people affected by bushfires in NSW, Victoria, Queensland and South Australia
Disaster recovery grants of up to $15,000 now available to small businesses, farmers and not-for-profits in NSW. Queensland Govt has very low interest loans available of up to $250,000 for businesses affected by a disaster.
Check the Australian Govt Disaster Assist page for other states. You will need your financial records for the application process.
Insurance Claims: check the range of business risks that you could be covered for – business owners usually take out insurance through a broker, and they should be your first contact to assist with claims. The Insurance Council has a national hotline to help 1800 734 621, even if you can’t remember who your policy is with.
Loan Repayments. If you’ve lost your income or business, there is a wide range of free financial counselling services available – they can be very helpful as an advocate for you with financial institutions and banks.
Australian Govt Directory of Financial Counselling Services – find a service in your area. The Australian Tax Office has deferred payments available if you’re in an affected area.
Salvation Army Financial Support – Australia wide
SilverChef support for customers affected by bushfires – call us on 1800 337 153
Staff Pay & Employment – if you have to close your business because of a natural disaster, here’s what Fair Work says about your responsibilities and a very thorough outline of Employer and Employee Rights and Obligations.