Ai Group's Industry Connection Directory connects businesses offering free or discounted products and services to companies affected by floods and fires.
Along with the rest of Australia, our thoughts are with the people of Queensland, NSW, Victoria and Tasmania who have been affected by devastating floods and fire.
Many businesses have been affected and need support.
Ai Group is preparing a range of information and services for members affected by the recent natural disasters. Check here regularly for updated information.
Ai Group is keen to assist members with disaster recovery and relief queries and advice.
Please call our BIZassistInfoline on 1300 78 38 44.
Members can also contact one of the following staff members for flood and fire-related assistance:
- Jemina Dunn, Brisbane Office, Telephone 07 3244 1767
- Richard Allport, Sydney Office, Telephone 02 9466 5528
Government Funding and Assistance Programs
If you are located in a Local Government Area declared a natural disasters area you may be eligible for assistance under a Natural Disaster Assistance Scheme. More information on Current Natural Disaster Declarations.
Assistance in QLD
Small business assistance
Government Funding and assistance for small businesses in QLD has now been announced. Concessional loans up to $250,000 are available to eligible small businesses in disaster declared areas under the jointly funded Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements. These loans can be used purposes such as repairing or replacing damaged plant and equipment, repairing or replacing buildings, supplying stock for up to one month to replace lost stock and maintain liquidity of the business.
Small businesses in the local government areas of Brisbane City, Bundaberg, Banana, Fraser Coast, Gladstone, Gold Coast, Gympie, Ipswich, Lockyer Valley, Logan City, Moreton Bay, North Burnett, Redland, Rockhampton, Scenic Rim, Somerset, South Burnett, Southern Downs, Sunshine Coast, Toowoomba and Western Downs will be able to apply.
Information about how to apply is available at www.qraa.qld.gov.au and www.daff.qld.gov.au.
Assistance available for individuals in affected areas of QLD is outlined here.
Assistance in NSW
Small business assistance
Loans of up to $130,000 are available at a concessional rate to small businesses affected by disasters and which meet certain eligibility criteria. This finance is available to those unable to obtain assistance through normal channels.
The NSW Rural Assistance Authority administers this scheme. For further information contact the Authority on 1800 678 593.
Other useful information
Australian Taxation Office (ATO)
The ATO can give extensions to normal reporting and payment obligations in certain circumstances, if your business is impacted by natural disaster.
For more information visit the ATO's website or call their disaster hotline on: 1800 806 218
Federal Government Disaster Assist webpage - Information about recovery assistance following a disaster
Australian Government Disaster Recovery Payment Emergency Assistance Hotline - 180 2266
New South Wales
NSW Flooding Emergency Information, Updates & Contact Numbers
List of Flood declared areas (NSW), under the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA) - NOT YET ANNOUNCED
QLD Alert - Real time emergency information
List of Flood declared areas (QLD)
Emergency Contact Numbers (SES, Road closures, Electricity outages, Telstra etc)
QLD Local Government Contacts (Councils)
Bank Emergency Relief Packages
Individual banks have announced assistance packages to help business people, farmers, families and individuals in the communities adversely affected by recent severe weather events.
The assistance provided will vary according to individual circumstances, but can include:
- deferring home loan repayments for up to 3 months
- restructuring business loans without incurring fees
- giving credit card holders an emergency credit limit increase
- refinancing personal loans at a discounted fixed rate
- waiving interest rate penalties if term deposits are drawn early
- deferring monthly repayments on equipment finance facilities for 3 months.
For example, view Westpac Disaster Relief Package
If you have questions about your insurance policy or need to find out who your insurer is, ring the Insurance Council of Australia's (ICA) Catastrophe Hotline on 1800 724 631.
Many affected QLD local governments are offering free disposal of green waste and debris resulting from Ex-Tropical Cyclone Oswald & associated floods. Contact your local Council for details.
Emotional and Crisis Support
Lifeline offers confidential emotional and crisis support 24 hours a day.
Phone 13 11 14
Beyondblue can support those experiencing depression and anxiety.
Click here for further information.
How You Can Help
Red Cross - Australian Bushfires 2013
Red Cross - QLD Floods Appeal
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