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JobKeeper is ending: how to ease the impact on your small business

This Sunday, the 28th of March, will mark the end of Jobkeeper, which has been crucial in helping countless business owners weather the pandemic storm. Is your business prepared for the changes to come, asks Ben Thompson, CEO and co-founder of Employment Hero. This year, I’ve seen hopeful glimpses of economic recovery from our customers’

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Assistance for small businesses affected by floods in NSW

If your business is in an area that has been affected by the recent floods, assistance is now available to help you. When an emergency happens, your first priority should be the safety of you, your employees and customers. Once you are safe, you can look into protecting your business, assets and business recovery. Disaster

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Western Victorian small businesses receiving support and faster approvals

Small businesses across western Victoria will receive greater support thanks to new partnerships signed between the Victorian Small Business Commission and local councils. Minister for Small Business Jaala Pulford today welcomed Horsham Rural City, Yarriambiack Shire and Hindmarsh Shire councils to the Small Business Friendly Council initiative. The scheme now totals 50 partnerships across the

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$25,000 recovery grants available for cyclone-impacted primary producers in North Queensland

Recovery assistance grants of up to $25,000 are now available to support the recovery of primary producers in North Queensland impacted by Tropical Cyclone Niran. Assistance is being provided through the jointly funded Commonwealth-State Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA). Minister for Emergency Management David Littleproud said the extraordinary DRFA Category C assistance would provide financial

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Government extends credit relief for small businesses

On 15 March 2021, the Morrison Government secured passage of the National Consumer Credit Protection Amendment (Supporting Economic Recovery) Bill 2020 through the House of Representatives. The credit reforms contained in the Bill are important for continuing to enable the Australian economy to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. The reforms will reduce the cost and

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Plea from Ombudsman and RBA to banks to treat SMBs differently to consumers for loans

The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman Bruce Billson has backed the RBA’s plea to banks to treat small businesses differently to consumers when considering loan applications. Mr Billson welcomed further scrutiny of small business access to finance pledged by RBA Assistant Governor Chris Kent in today’s address to the Australian Finance Industry Association.

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More funding for businesses for outdoor dining renovations

Popular outdoor dining areas for restaurants, pubs and cafes across the state will continue through a COVIDSafe autumn thanks to further support from the Andrews Labor Government. “Victorians have loved the outdoor dining areas we funded across the state this summer, and it’s great that we can continue that support through a COVIDSafe autumn,” said

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$5,000 Territory small businesses grants for boosting international trade

The Territory Government is supporting local businesses to grow their exporting capabilities with a new round of the Trade Support Scheme Quick Response Grants now available. COVID-19 has had a significant impact on Territory export businesses, including travel restrictions, disruption to supply chains and changes to global markets and customer demand. This grant program is

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Austrade Approved Business Events
AVAILABLE NOW APPLY BEFORE 30th MARCH 2021 (Condition apply)

  • ABF Events are approved and listed below have been certified by Austrade on the Schedule of Approved Business Events.
  • This allows exhibitors, sponsors, delegates and partners to participate in the Business Events Grant Program. Note event bookings need to be confirmed ASAP to participate in the grant program
  • The program provides 50% rebate (based on a minimum spend of $20k) for approved items including ABF event-media packages, exhibition stands, corporate function tables, delegate registrations.
  • Govt Grant applications are now open until the 30 March. Please contact ABF to discuss how we can assist, we have experts to assist grant applications.
  • Grant funding will cover up to 50% of eligible expenditure incurred in participating at pre-approved business-to-business events as buyers or sellers during the 2021 calendar year.  All grant applications must be submitted for approval via the following link: https://business.gov.au/grants-and-programs/business-events-grants
  • For further information please see this fact sheet.