COVID-19 - Supporting Local Businesses and Economic Recovery

Please refer to the WA Premier Announcement - Our Way Forward - Western Australia's Roadmap for easing of COVID-19

For the latest information on COVID-19 restrictions and what this means for community and business visit COVID-19 coronavirus: WA roadmap.

With the ever-changing and growing environment that we are currently facing with COVID-19, the Economic and Business Development Team within the City of Busselton have compiled the following links and information that maybe helpful to you as a local business and key industry.

The City’s Economic and Business Development Team has collected and collated information relating to the support being made available by Local, State and Federal Governments in response to COVID-19. Businesses can contact the Economic and Business Development Team to find out more information via email economicdevelopment@busselton.wa.gov.au.

Federal and State Government COVID19 Support 

The Australian Government has introduced a range of restrictions and social distancing measures that may affect your business. As a result both State and Federal Governments are providing a range of support packages for businesses and individuals effected by the pandemic.

To find out about the support available for businesses from the WA State Government click here

  • Support for commercial tenants and landlords
  • Waiver of 2019-20 payroll tax for small/medium sized businesses 

To find out about the support available for businesses from the Australian Federal Government click here including:

  • JobKeeper payment - On 21 July the Federal Government announced changes to the Job Keeper Program, click here to view the latest information
  • Income support for individuals
  • Payments to support Households
  • Temporary early release of superannuation
  • Cashflow support for small & medium businesses
  • Temporary relief for financially distressed businesses
  • Not-for–profit organisations
  • Support for sole traders

To find out about the support available for businesses by the Australian Tax Office click here 

For health information from the WA Health Department click here

For information regarding the impact of COVID-19 on residential tenancy click here

For information regarding the impact of COVID-19 on commercial tenancy click here

For information from Tourism WAclick here 

COVID-19 App and WhatsApp Group

The Australian Government has developed an app for mobile devices that provides a wealth of information regarding COVID-19. The Australian Government app can be downloaded by clicking here.

Other resources and support for businesses

Chamber of Commerce and Industry WA

The Chamber of Commerce and Industry WA is providing a range of resources that may assist businesses experiencing difficulty as a result of COVID-19 including information about:

  • Planning
  • Business continuity
  • Workforce options
  • Standing down staff
  • Managing apprentices and trainees

To find out more about the COVID19 related resources being made available for businesses by the Chamber of Commerce and Industry WA click here

The Busselton Chamber of Commerce & Industry and the Dunsborough Yallingup Chambers of Commerce and Industry have a wide range of information and initiatives aimed at supporting local businesses. Follow the links to their websites:

Busselton CCI - COVID-19 Update  

Dunsborough Yallingup CCI - COVID-19 Update

SouthWest Alliance

The South West Alliance is a collective of community-minded stakeholders, organisations and business owners from the public and private sectors that have rallied together to assist in the response and recovery to the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic. Click here to link to the SouthWest Smart Hub

Margaret River Busselton Tourism Association (MRBTA) 

Businesses in the region are now adopting measures to be able to welcome you back by adapting their operations where possible within the phase 2 guidelines. To find out more click here.

Australia’s South West (ASW)

ASW have a newly created Facebook Group 'Australia's South West Member Industry Community'. Click here to join. This platform allows them to share the latest industry information with you in a more accessible medium, particularly as you are transitioning your businesses in the current environment. 

Business Advisory South West

Business Advisory SW & Peel is the Business Local arm of Small Business Development Corporation (SBDC) and is an authorised State government funded agency in the South West and Peel providing business support to small businesses during the COVID-19 epidemic.

Also offering small business support for pre-start, start up and established businesses in all areas of business (business development, planning, social media, marketing, legal, websites, human resources, staffing, financial). 

Contact: Sana Turnock, Business Advisor

Email: Sana.Turnock@ipsba.com.au Website: www.ipsbusinessadvisory.com.au

Telephone: 1300 275 477

Margaret River Wine Association (MRWA) 

Grape Growers and Wine Producers in the region can find the latest wine industry information at MRWA’s Covid-19 webpage.