If you have been affected by recent floods and rainfall, a range of support is available for you and your business.
What support can you receive?
1. Small Business Disaster HUB
The Small Business Disaster Hub website offers resources and information to businesses that help them respond and recover following a natural disaster. This can include:
- What your business should do following a natural disaster – insurance and tips for cleaning up
- Rebuilding your business after a natural disaster – re-establishing your premises, business records, finances, staff, and planning.
2. Financial Assistance
Eligible flood-affected communities are available for financial assistance.
- Emergency Hardship Assistance Grants are available to support those who were directly impacted by a disaster and are unable to meet their essential needs for food, clothing & accommodation. Eligible applicants can receive $180 per person up to $900 for a family of five or more. For more information visit www.qld.gov.au/community/disasters-emergencies.
- Essential Household Content Grants of up to $1765 for single adults and up to $5,300 for couples/ families. This is available for uninsured people. Eligible applicants may receive financial assistance towards replacing and repairing essential household contents. E.g., beds, linen, and white goods.
Australian Government Disaster Recovery Payment is a single payment for eligible people who were adversely affected by the Southeast Queensland floods.
Disaster Recovery Allowance is a short-term payment to help people who have lost income as a direct result of the floods in Southeast Queensland.
3. Legal Aid Queensland
The Legal Aid Natural Disaster Helpline (1300 527 700) is something that businesses can call to get help with issues they may face when a property has been damaged by a natural disaster. Legal Aid has a range of resources available to support businesses that have been impacted by flooding on leased or commercial properties.
4. Mental Health Support
The Queensland and Australian Governments have developed a range of mental health and wellbeing resources to help support small business owners.
5. Natural Disasters Business Survey
The Natural Disaster Business Survey was opened by the Department of Employment, Small Business, and Training, to understand the impact of rainfall and flooding on businesses in Southeast Queensland.
This is a long-term plan designed to assist businesses. Responses received from this process are used to inform potential joint State and Federal government disaster recovery assistance for small businesses.
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