Travel and trade restrictions are impacting Tasmanian businesses and both the Australian and Tasmanian Governments are putting in place support measures to assist where it is most needed.
You can also call the Business Tasmania Hotline 1800 440 026.
The Kingborough & Huon Business Enterprise Centre is also available for advice and support for local businesses at www.khbec.com.au. They have a range of support networks, and host a variety of webinars and workshops to support businesses.
Check out other useful links below for assistance.
COVID-19 Safe Workplaces Framework
All workplaces will be required to have a COVID-19 Safety Plan that complies with the minimum COVID-19 safety standards. For more information and to access the templates available, visit the website: COVID-19 Safe Workplaces Framework (external site).
Buy Something Tasmanian
As the impacts of the Coronavirus pandemic continue to hit local businesses, a new internet marketplace has been developed to help businesses and shoppers.
The Tasmanian Government, in partnership with the Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and Brand Tasmania, has developed a new website that allows Tasmanian businesses to list and sell their products and services to a new and wider range of customers. Many Tasmanian businesses already have online services and others are adapting to online as the crisis continues. This online marketplace is for all Tasmanian businesses and it is complete free to list. All Tasmanian businesses, large and small, are encouraged to sign up and build a profile.
The website will help your customers find the best products and services local businesses have on offer, and they can search and purchase from their devices. Visit the website to get started: Buy Something Tasmanian (external link).
Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry
The TCCI is providing a free Business Hotline for all Tasmanian businesses, members and non-members. Visit their website for more information: TCCI website (external link).
The Digital Ready team is available to help businesses, and has produced some resources to help you manage the current situation using readily available digital and e-commerce tools. Visit their website: Digital Ready Tasmania (external link)
Australian Government Support
The Australian Government has developed a website to support Australian businesses. This includes information on JobKeepers, Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) Guarantee Scheme, tax relief support, support for apprentices and trainees and boosting cash flow for employers. The Coronavirus SME Guarantee Scheme will support up to $40 billion of lending to SMEs (including sole traders and not-for-profits). Under the Scheme, the Government will guarantee 50 per cent of new loans issued by eligible lenders to SMEs. The Scheme will enhance lenders’ willingness and ability to provide credit, supporting many otherwise viable SMEs to access vital additional funding to get through the impact of Coronavirus. The Scheme will be available for new loans made by participating lenders until 30 September 2020.
Visit www.business.gov.au to stay informed about support measures for businesses.
Economic Development Australia
The EDA has developed a Recovery and Resilience Knowledge Hub, which provides relevant funding links, resources, case studies and learnings from Australia and around the world, to assist economic development professionals plan and implement economic recovery following a major disaster or crisis.
Visit their website for resources and ideas: EDA Economic Recovery Hub (external link)
The Australian Banking Association is there to help you, and is encouraging businesses to not tough it out on your own. Australian banks have hardship teams ready to help. Whatever the cause, there are practical ways your bank can assist you out of financial difficulty.
Assistance may include:
- A deferral of scheduled loan repayments.
- Waiving fees and charges.
- Debt consolidation to help make repayments more manageable.
Visit www.ausbanking.org.au for more information.
National Debt Hotline
If you are feeling overwhelmed and need assistance, free financial counselling is now available.
Call 1800 007 007 or visit https://ndh.org.au for more information.
Emergency management and disaster recovery for businesses
Preparing your business to survive emergencies is vital for every business owner. Business Tasmania has produced an Emergency Preparation Toolkit for businesses to survive, recover and thrive in an emergency. The simple checklists are designed to help owners prepare, recover faster and ideally continue trading while you rebuild.
Another option is to use their Business Continuity Plan, to help you protect and prepare your business in the case of emergency. The Business Continuity Plan has four parts. Each part is available as a stand-alone template. You can complete the whole plan as one document or complete each part separately.
Time is of the essence during a disaster and a Business Continuity Plan can help you respond quickly and have strategies in place to reduce the impacts. It can also help you minimise disruptions to your operations and guide your business recovery.
Visit Business South Emergency Management and Disaster Recovery (external link) to view and download the Emergency Preparation Toolkit and to learn how to prepare a Business Continuity Plan.