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Resources and information for small business during COVID-19

Find support and services available to assist small businesses as well as information on current COVID-19 restrictions for businesses in Greater Sydney.

Business initiatives

Employ Local initiative

Visit Employ Local

Cumberland City Council encourages local businesses to take advantage of this service and advertise your vacant positions, free of charge on our Employ Local page to attract local jobseekers.

Please use our easy to fill out Local Employment Opportunity Submission Form to add any vacancies you may have.

If you are looking for work check out our Employ Local page to see jobs on offer from local businesses in the Cumberland Council area.

 

 

Free business webinars

Free business webinars, from digital marketing to legal matters, our practical business webinars provide key information and useful hints and tips. For details, visit www.cumberland.nsw.gov.au/local-business-webinars

One-on-one Business Advisory Services

One-on-one Business Advisory Services will continue through webinar and video. For details, visit www.cumberland.nsw.gov.au/one-one-business-advisory

NSW Government assistance

NSW Government has a range of support and services to assist small businesses impacted by COVID-19.

For details visit https://www.service.nsw.gov.au/campaign/covid-19-help-small-businesses

Notice for those receiving JobSaver or micro-business support grants

Starting this week, businesses who receive JobSaver or micro-business support grants must log into their Business Profile from their ServiceNSW Account every fortnight to reaffirm their eligibility.

For further information, visit https://www.service.nsw.gov.au/campaign/covid-19-help-businesses

COVID-19 Business Support Grant

If you’re a business, sole trader or not-for-profit organisation impacted by the current Greater Sydney COVID-19 restrictions, you may be able to apply for up to $10,000 in grants from late July 2021.

For details visit https://www.service.nsw.gov.au/2021-covid-19-business-grant-guidelines

Small business fees and charges rebates

If you are a sole trader, the owner of a small business or a not-for-profit organisation in NSW, you may be eligible for a small business fees and charges rebate.

The NSW Government has announced that the small business fees and charges rebate will increase from $1,500 to $2,000. In addition, road user tolls for business vehicles will be added as an eligible fee for businesses to claim. 

Find out more and apply

Summer Holiday Stock Guarantee Grant for Small and Medium Enterprises

The NSW Government has announced support for hospitality and retail businesses to manage stock if they are forced to close their doors between 1 December 2021 to 31 January 2022, due to a public health order.

View the media release for eligibility and details

Cash rebates for eligible small businesses – SafeWork NSW

Eligible small businesses can apply for up to $500 cash rebate when they buy and install equipment to make their workplace safer and also attend a SafeWork NSW webinar.

Find out more

New changes from NSW Planning to respond to COVID-19

The NSW Government is working with councils to support communities across the state in response to COVID-19. There is a list of Ministerial orders currently in force including

  • Extended days for construction work
  • Flexibility for food trucks and dark kitchens
  • Temporary workers accommodation
  • Retail trading and operating hours and waste disposal
  • Home businesses operating hours
  • Supermarkets and other retail outlets can receive deliveries 24 hours a day

The list will be updated progressively. For details please visit https://www.planning.nsw.gov.au/Policy-and-Legislation/COVID19-response

COVID safe check for NSW businesses

NSW Government has put together COVID-19 Safety Plans help to protect the staff, customers and visitors of your business.

Some businesses will need to complete a COVID-19 Safety Plan under the public health orders, but you can also voluntarily complete one. To find out if you need to complete a COVID-19 Safety Plan, visit the Service NSW website.

Public health advice

Restrictions and advice is continuously updated to reflect changing public health advice.

Keep up to date on the latest rules for business operations.

Mental health at work in English Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Hindi, Korean, Thai, Turkish and Vietnamese.

Find out multilingual resources about mental health including free online training to support workplace mental health, visit https://www.mentalhealthatwork.nsw.gov.au/mental-health-at-work-during-the-covid-19-pandemic

Federal Government assistance

Control and reduce the energy cost of your small business

Maintain your utility bills under control finding the most money-saving energy providers and by understanding the plans, bills and rights.

Visit: https://www.energymadeeasy.gov.au/

Other supporting resources

COVID-19 customer relief offered by Australian banks

The Australian Banking Association has announced further support for customers affected by continuing COVID-19 lockdowns or those recovering from recent lockdowns.

For details visit https://www.ausbanking.org.au/australian-banks-offer-covid-19-customer-relief/

Cyber security for business

Visit the Australian Cyber Security Centre to see the guide developed to help small and micro businesses adapt to working during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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