COVID-19: Assistance for businesses

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. 

COVID Safety Plan

Some businesses in NSW now need to have a COVID-19 Safety Plan that provides information about:

  • Hygiene
  • Record-keeping
  • Social distancing measures. 

Council’s Health Officers will be visiting businesses in the coming weeks to check safety plans, make sure they are being applied and to answer any questions. 

Health Officers will be focusing on cafes, restaurants and other food premises. 

COVID Safety Plans can be downloaded from the NSW Government website along with information about how to complete. 

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. 

Food businesses

Resources for food businesses

Financial assistance

JobKeeper applications

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 

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

Lisa Richards, Business Enterprise Officer 


Phone: 02 6626 7172