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Council understands the pressure that is being felt across the Dubbo Region’s Business Community. This page has been established to provide information and resources on support announced by the State and Federal Governments that businesses can access during this challenging period.

Council encourage our local community to support one another during this time. As consumers we can all be a part of this by sharing your household spend with our local operations in a sustainable and sensible way and in doing so support local business, local employment and overall local economies through this crisis period.

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FUNDING

The Government has announced a $130 billion JobKeeper payment to help keep more Australians in jobs and support businesses affected by the significant economic impact caused by the Coronavirus. For information on the JobKeeper payment:

https://treasury.gov.au/corona...

For the Federal Government's Economic Response to the Coronaviris for businesses, individuals and households:

https://treasury.gov.au/coronavirus

For small business information and resources to help manage small business during the crisis and into the recovery phase:

https://www.smallbusiness.nsw.gov.au/get-help/covid-19-coronavirus-information-small-business-owners

For information on the Australian Banking Association's announcement of a small business relief package from Australia’s banks:

https://www.ausbanking.org.au/banks-small-business-relief-package

For emergency grant funding opportunities:

https://grantshub.grantguru.com.au/

For business related information regarding Federal Government support for businesses, including employees, stimulus, tax information and other financial assistance:

https://business.gov.au/risk-management/emergency-management/coronavirus-information-and-support-for-business

For the State Government's business related information regarding support for businesses, including tax information and other financial assistance:

https://www.treasury.nsw.gov.au/health-and-economic-stimulus-package?fbclid=IwAR1OO1xENjEIzYDeU7G_80qmkEzlXfOQyBfbEwBdM_o49Q1wC6oFmpqwdOw

The Australian Energy Regulator (AER) has set reasonable expectations of energy companies to protect householders and small business customers during the COVID-19 pandemic. The AER’s Statement of Expectations sets out a range of measures, including:

  • waiving any disconnection, re-connection and/or contract break fees for small businesses which have gone into hibernation, along with daily supply charges to retailers, during any period of disconnection until at least 31 July 2020
  • offering all households and small businesses who indicate they may be in financial stress a payment plan or hardship arrangement
  • not disconnecting customers who may be in financial stress, without their agreement before 31 July 2020 and potentially beyond
  • deferring referral of any customer to a debt collection agency for recovery actions, or credit default listing until at least 31 July 2020 and potentially beyond
  • minimising the frequency and duration of planned outages for critical works, and providing as much notice as possible to help households and businesses to manage during any outage.

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PREPARING WORKPLACES FOR SAFE RE-OPENING

We understand the impact of COVID-19 is being felt by Regional workplaces and that there are new challenges in keeping you and your workers safe.

These resources aim to provide information and resources for local employers, workers, and industry about:

  • health and hygiene
  • social distancing
  • travel
  • working from home
  • protective equipment

We’ll continue offering as much guidance and support as we can.

The situation is changing rapidly, so we encourage you to check back regularly for new information.

Safe Work Australia: https://www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/covid-19-information-workplaces

Safe Work NSW: https://www.safework.nsw.gov.au/resource-library/COVID-19-Coronavirus/safework-covid-19-important-information

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HEALTH

For health related information and resources, including posters and information collateral specific to business sectors:

https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/diseases/Pages/coronavirus-businesses.aspx

For online COVID-19 infection control training specific to care workers across all health care settings:

https://www.health.gov.au/resources/apps-and-tools/covid-19-infection-control-training

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OTHER RESOURCES

For information on employee and employer rights from Fair Work:

https://www.fwc.gov.au/about-us/coronavirus-covid-19-updates-advice

For your Business Wellbeing Toolkit and resources from FINDEX:

http://insights.findex.com.au/covid19-cashflow/#lp-pom-block-372

Are you having trouble dissecting the multitude of stimulus information, from a range of sources? Our business partners Findex have put together these helpful videos to simplify the information available for our Region’s business owners, outlining the key measures in the three Federal Government stimulus packages announced so far, and key advice to SMEs, individuals and employees on what you should be focusing on right now.

For more information and ongoing updates, you can access Findex’s Covid-19 Resource Centre here: insights.findex.com.au/covid19

More Information

If you're after industry information, please visit our workforce information and resources page for more information on support available to you during this challenging period.

If you're looking for information about the current decisions of our local business and attractions, please visit our consumer information page for the latest updates during this challenging period.