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Financial support for small businesses and primary producers

Financial support

Emergency Response Grants for small businesses and primary producers

Applications for Emergency Response Grants for small businesses and primary producers are now open.

These grants are jointly funded by the Commonwealth and Tasmanian Government under the Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements and will assist small businesses and primary producers with clean-up and restoration activities.

These grants are available to small businesses and primary producers in the following Local Government Areas: Break O’Day, Burnie, Central Coast, Central Highlands, Circular Head, Devonport, Dorset, Flinders, George Town, Kentish, Latrobe, Launceston, Meander Valley, Northern Midlands, Waratah-Wynyard, West Coast and West Tamar.

Small businessesPrimary producers
AmountTier 1: an initial one-off amount of $2,500
Tier 2: a subsequent one-off amount of up to $22,500
Tier 1: an initial one-off amount of $2,500
Tier 2: a subsequent one-off amount of up to $22,500
Closing dateTier 1: 2pm Thursday 8 December 2022
Tier 2: 2pm Thursday 27 April 2023
Tier 1: 2pm Friday 9 December 2022
Tier 2: 2pm Friday 30 June 2023
ApplyOnline: Business Tasmania Smarty Grants
Phone: Business Tasmania on 1800 440 026 (9am - 5pm, Monday to Friday)
Online: NRE Tas Smarty Grants
Phone: Farm Point on 1300 292 292 (9am - 5pm, Monday to Friday)
More informationbusiness.tas.gov.au nre.tas.gov.au/flood-recovery

Disaster Recovery Allowance

The Australian Government’s Disaster Recovery Allowance is available to people who work or live in the Local Government Areas of Break O’Day, Burnie, Central Coast, Central Highlands, Circular Head, Devonport, Dorset, Flinders, George Town, Kentish, Latrobe, Launceston, Meander Valley, Northern Midlands, Waratah-Wynyard, West Coast and West Tamar.

The Disaster Recovery Allowance is a short term payment to help people whose income has been directly affected by a major disaster and is payable for a maximum of 13 weeks.

For more information and to apply online, visit Tasmanian Floods, October 2022 - Natural disaster - Services Australia.

Rural Relief Fund

The Rural Relief Fund supports farmers and rural/regional small businesses impacted by flood, drought and fire.

Grants of up to $2,500 are available for anything from household goods, including food or utility bills, to fence repairs and fodder.

Visit the Rural Business Tasmania website to apply for a grant or to donate to the Rural Relief Fund.

Aurora assistance for customers

Aurora Energy has expanded its Customer Support Fund to help anyone experiencing financial vulnerability from the floods impacting the North and North West of Tasmania.

The Customer Support Fund can assist with bill relief, waiving fees and charges, freezing debts, payment plans and more.

Aurora also has a range of flexible payment options and tailored support available through their Your Energy Support (YES) program.

Customers can contact Aurora (Monday to Friday from 8am-6pm) on 1300 13 2003 or visit the Aurora website to access this support.

Telstra assistance packages for customers

Telstra has activated an assistance package to help residential and small business customers affected by the flooding in Tasmania stay connected.

Short-term assistance is available to customers who have had to leave their premises due to a disaster. Long-term assistance is available to customers who have suffered severe damage or loss of their home or business and had to relocate.

Customers can register for assistance by calling Telstra on 1800 888 888 or by visiting the Telstra website.


Other support

Businesses

Business owners can contact Business Tasmania on 1800 440 026 or go to business.tas.gov.au to register impacts due to the severe weather event.

Primary producers

  • Farmers can contact the FarmPoint hotline on 1300 292 292, or Business Tasmania on 1800 440 026 or go to business.tas.gov.au to register impacts due to the severe weather event.
  • Any producer who is suffering immediate financial hardship can also contact Rural Business Tasmania on 1300 88 3276 to access free financial counselling support.