Flood Support for Businesses
As Camden continues to deal with the clean-up in the aftermath of floods, it is important to keep up to date with the latest information on support, safety and assistance for those who are impacted. If you are an individual, run a business or are a primary producer in the flood impacted areas, there is a range of support and assistance to help.
You can find out what support is available to you with the Disaster Assistance Finder. Check the latest list of flood recovery centres, including for hours of operation and any closures. There is also more information available if you prefer to call Service NSW on 13 77 88 or visit nsw.gov.au.
Service NSW Quick links
Support for local business
There are a range of Federal and State Government support programs available to flood-affected businesses. Applications are now open for the below programs. Ensure that you check eligibility criteria before applying for grants.
|June and July 2022 Storm and Flood Disaster Recovery Grant for Small Businesses||This Disaster Recovery Grant of up to $50,000 is to help pay for the costs of clean-up and reinstatement of a small business or not-for-profit organisation’s operations in a defined disaster area.|
|July 2022 - Australian Government Disaster Recovery Payment||
A lump sum payment to help people seriously affected by the NSW floods in July 2022.
|July 2022 - Disaster Recovery Allowance
||Support if you’ve lost income as a direct result of the NSW Floods starting 27 June 2022. You can get it for a maximum of 13 weeks|
|Request flood clean-up and essential items||Ask for help or let us know what essential items you need, such as food, water or medication.|
|February and March 2022 Storm and Flood Disaster Recovery Grant for Small Businesses||This Disaster Recovery Grant of up to $50,000 is to help pay for the costs of clean-up and reinstatement of a small business or not-for-profit organisation’s operations in a defined disaster area.|
|February 2022 - Australian Government Disaster Recovery Payment|| A lump sum payment to help people seriously affected by the NSW floods starting in February 2022.
|February 2022 - Disaster Recovery Allowance||Support if you’ve lost income as a direct result of the floods in NSW starting in February 2022. You can receive the Disaster Recovery Allowance for a maximum of 13 weeks.|
|Special Disaster Grants||Primary producers recovering from the devastating impacts of floods are receiving vital support, with Special Disaster Grants of up to $75,000 now available. Flood affected primary producers can access financial assistance to get back operating as soon as possible.Once approved, eligible primary producers can access $15,000 in assistance up-front, with a further $60,000 in financial assistance available thereafter upon submission of valid tax invoices.|
|$1,000 SafeWork Small Business Rebate||This $1,000 rebate helps NSW small business owners purchase safety items that improve work health and safety.|
|Small businesses who have been directly affected by a declared natural disaster including floods, fires or storm damage, may be eligible for low interest loans of up to $130,000.|
|The NSW Government provides a range of financial and non-financial support to assist communities to recover from the impacts of disasters through the NSW Disaster Assistance Arrangements. This includes support for individuals, small business, primary producers, local councils and not-for-profit organisations.|
|Free 12-month mail redirection for special circumstances||You may be eligible for up to 12 months free mail redirection if a major natural disaster impacts your mail delivery.|
Disaster recovery assistance is available to businesses in Camden that have been impacted by storms and floods. Check the Service NSW website for more information.
Providing free, independent and confidential assistance to help eligible farmers and small rural related businesses with current and long-term financial planning.
The ATO offers assistance with meeting tax obligations for businesses impacted by floods. More information is available here.
Australia’s banks have announced options to defer loan repayments for up to 3 months for those customers affected by flooding in NSW.
Depending on your circumstances, assistance may also include:
Help from your telecommunications provider
Telstra and Optus are offering assistance for residential and small business customers who have lost services following the severe storms and major flooding across eastern parts of NSW. Contact your provider for more information.
Asbestos clean-up in flood impacted areas
|Asbestos materials can be present in flood-affected areas if the buildings were built before 1990. Download fact sheet.|
Dealing with chemical waste in floods
|As a result of floodwaters entering homes and businesses it is possible that household chemicals, bulk chemicals, and dangerous goods may have travelled large distances from their locations. If the contents are spilt or released as a result, people and the environment may be at risk of harm. Download the fact sheet.|
Disaster Recovery Assistance Summary (NSW)
This summary contains immediate contact information for financial relief in NSW - what you are eligible for, and how to apply .
Small Business Commissioner
Get back to business is a step-by-step guide for business owners dealing with a disaster. It outlines how you can recover and even bounce back better than ever.
The guide provides information on the five phases of disaster recovery – from the moment disaster hits to the days, weeks and months ahead. There are action checklists on how you can work through each phase of recovery. There are also several case studies highlighting lessons learned by other small businesses who have been faced with disaster.
Other resources in the Get Ready Toolkit:
- Prepare for the unexpected - Build a Business Continuity Plan
- Insurance claims for small business guide
- Get Ready Business - five step guide to preparing for disasters
Complete the Service NSW online questionnaire to receive a personalised list of available programs and services.
The National Recovery and Resilience Agency has created an information resource for those in a position to help others affected by the 2022 storm and floods.
The continued generosity from individuals, groups, organisations and domestic and global communities has improved the recovery effort.
There are many ways to get involved, including supporting Council's Facebook page and sharing information amongst your networks so that residents and businesses are keeping up to date.
Report primary industries natural disaster damage
The primary industries natural disaster damage survey is a simple online survey Department of Primary Industries (DPI) and Local Land Services (LLS) staff, farmers and agricultural industry representatives can use to record damage to primary production and animals from natural disasters such as floods, fires and storms. The damage survey allows you to:
complete a simple survey of the number of crops, animals, infrastructure and other primary industries damaged in a single event
add photos to the assessment
see the severity of damage in your area.
This source of “ground truth” information helps the Government and communities understand the scale and regional distribution of the impact of a disaster on agriculture, and target resources and assistance where needed.
For more information, visit the Department of Primary Industries.
If you are applying for a request for hardship and it must be made in writing, there are useful templates available that allow you to simply input your details and generate a formatted letter.
To prepare an insurance claim, there are a few steps affected small business owners can take. This quick guide to making an insurance claim will help you through the claims process so you can get your claim paid quickly and smoothly after a disaster or disruption.
Read the guide here.
The impact of natural disasters, such as storms and floods, can take its toll on small business owners. Visit this page to find out what mental health support is available to small businesses.
The NSW Council of Social Service provides individuals and communities with information about a range of support services available during emergency periods. The webpage is regularly updated with resources to assist you to access key supports and services.
Contact Service NSW
Call on 13 77 88 from Monday to Friday between 7am and 7pm (Sydney time).
For free help in your language, call Translating and Interpreting Services on 13 14 50 and ask them to contact Service NSW on 13 77 88.
Book an appointment
The flood recovery customer care service provides personalised one-on-one support. Make a booking to speak to a customer care specialist.
Information on the relief packages and financial and practical assistance available to businesses. Find out more.
If your request is not business related, click here for support for residents.
For further enquiries, contact the Economy & Place Team on 02 4654 7777 or firstname.lastname@example.org