COVID-19: Assistance for businesses

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The COVID-19 outbreak is impacting businesses globally in many ways, including reduced trade, temporary business closures, staffing issues, and supply chain interruptions.   

The following information provides support to businesses in the Byron Shire during COVID-19.

COVID-19 business impacts survey

So that we can better understand the implications of COVID-19 on businesses in Byron Shire we'd like you to take our COVID-19 business impacts survey. The results will assist in advocacy, guiding policy, and directing resources to where they are most urgently required.

If you provide your contact details, we will invite you to complete the survey fortnightly over the coming months. At the end of the survey period one lucky participant who completes the survey every fortnight will win an iPad ‘Air’ model valued at $779!

Visit the Business Impacts, Resilience and Continuity Survey page on Your Say Byron Shire to take the survey. 

NSW Small Business Commissioner resources

The following information from the NSW Small Business Commissioner will provide you with tips and resources to help you manage your small business during the crisis and into the recovery phase. 

Financial assistance

JobKeeper applications now open

Enrolment is now open for the Australian Government's $130 billion JobKeeper Payment scheme. The scheme supports businesses significantly affected by COVID-19.

The JobKeeper Payment is open to eligible employers, sole traders and other entities to enable them to pay their eligible employees’ salary or wages of at least $1,500 (before tax) per fortnight. More information is available on the Australian Tax Office website

Grant Finder

Grant Finder is a free grants alert and subscription service.

Use the Grant finder to: 

  • Search for grants and funding from several sources, 
  • Subscribe for alerts when new funding opportunities come up.
  • Get help with grant writing.

Grant Finder includes a resource which signposts to sources of support during the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes support for:

  • Businesses 
  • Community or not-for-profits 
  • Individuals 

Please read the eligibility carefully, as some grants are for very specific areas. Visit the Grant Finder to find out more.

 Grant Finder - Coronavirus assistance 

Food businesses

The current COVID-19 pandemic is having a notable impact on food businesses. 

The NSW Government is now offering grants of up to $10,000 for small businesses who are experiencing a significant decline in revenue from the coronavirus pandemic. Cafes and restaurants who employ up to 19 full-time workers as at 1 March 2020 and have an annual turnover of more than $75,000 may be eligible for a grant.

For more information visit Apply for the small business COVID-19 support grant on the Service NSW website.   

More resources for food businesses

Additional health resources

If you are a local business there are some helpful free resources, such as posters, you can use to inform your customers and staff about healthy hygiene:

If you, or someone you know, is experiencing depression, anxiety or stress, there are organisations that can provide information and support. 

Visit Mental health for small business on the NSW Small Business Commissioner website.  

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If you have any questions or would more information please contact:

Lisa Richards, Business Enterprise Officer 


Phone: 02 6626 7172